Parishioners, clergy continue to stand behind suspended Bronx monsignor

Monsignor Charles Kavanagh is accused of sexual molestation yet parishioners and clergy remain supportive.

Signs of love and support hang outside St. Raymonds Church in the Bronx more than 18 months after Monsignor Kavanagh was suspended from the church. Parishioners describe him as sweet and affectionate.

But the monsignor is accused of having a sexual relationship with a former seminarian of the church. Fellow clergy members say the monsignor admits to having an affectionate relationship, but denies having a sexual relationship.

Clergy members say Monsignor Kavanagh is remorseful but will continue to fight for his reinstatement. The monsignor's future with the ministry depends on the decision handed down by Cardinal Edward Egan.

No matter what happens, parishioners say their love, support and prayers will always be with him.

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