Bronx priest accused of sexual abuse addresses his former parishioners
On Saturday, Monsignor Kavanaugh, the priest suspended from his Bronx parish amid accusations of sexual abuse, addressed his former parishioners. The event drew hundreds of friends and well-wishers who stand by his claims of innocence.
The ovation he received left Monsignor Kavanaugh in tears. He was suspended from his position at Saint Raymond's Parish 18 months ago after a seminarian accused him of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has acknowledged what he calls an "affectionate" relationship with the man, but flatly denies any sexual interaction.
While the New York archdiocese investigates the charges, most of his parishioners continue to stand by him.