The victim told family members he was abused when he was 10, according to a report.
Parishioners of St. James Church in Wilkinsburg received a letter from the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese informing them of a sex abuse allegation that is said to have occurred between 1981 and 1985, according to WTAE. A man in his 40s reportedly told his family of the alleged abuse months before he recently died. The priest who is accused of abusing the man when he was about 10 years old, Rev. John J. Wellinger, died in 2011. Bishop David Zubik wrote in the letter that any other possible victims should call the victim's assistance hotline at 1-888-808-1235 or the state abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313.
How is the flu outbreak prompting you to change your worship?
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Cindi Lash
Saturday, January 19
As the ongoing flu epidemic continues around the United States, some church leaders around the country are changing procedures and issuing recommendations for avoiding the contagious ailment while worshipping. At masses this weekend in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, however, signs of peace and wine distribution from communal chalices during Communion will follow regular procedures, a diocesan spokesman said Friday. That includes St. Maurice, Word of God, Madonna del Castello, St. James, Good Shepherd and St. John Fisher parishes. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week said it does not see the need for widespread changes to liturgy to prevent the spread of the flu nationally. It also noted that the decision lies with …