Diocese of London investigating allegations against Windsor priest

  • September 27, 2018

A priest in Windsor, Ont., has been removed from his duties as the Diocese of London investigates  allegations of inappropriate conduct.

Fr. Andy Dwyer is the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes in Windsor.

The diocese would not comment on the nature of the allegations or who made them, only that they “relate to actions of many years ago” and are being investigated by the diocese. Police would not comment whether they are involved in the investigation.

“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an e-mailed statement to the Windsor Star Sept. 26. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”

Nelson Couto, communications officer for the diocese, noted that the diocese is following its “Safe Environment Policy” designed to “protect people against abuse.”

The news comes on the heels of the revelations of sexual abuse and coverups over decades by Catholic leaders contend in a Pennsylvania grand jury report.

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