Bishop Names Five Accused of Misconduct

April 22, 2002

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New York Times


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. April 21 - Calling for a new beginning in
the Bridgeport Diocese, Bishop William E. Lori went public
today with the names of five priests removed from the
ministry after they were accused of sexual misconduct that
occurred decades ago.

Three priests left on Bishop Lori's watch, and the other
two were dismissed five years ago by his predecessor,
Edward M. Egan, now cardinal of the Archdiocese of New
York.

The bishop was responding to a growing national scandal in
the Roman Catholic Church, which has been accused of
covering up sexual misconduct by priests and moving some
abusers from job to job.

Bishop Lori held a news conference hours after parishioners
were told the details at churches where the priests who
left had served.

The most recent to leave was Msgr. Gregory Smith, the
Sacred Heart University religious studies director accused
of sexually abusing girls nearly three decades ago.

Monsignor Smith, 60, had served at Our Lady of Good Counsel
Parish in Bridgeport since 1974. He was suspended in 1997
after he was named in a suit alleging abuse and was
reinstated after a psychiatric evaluation. But after a
review, Monsignor Smith resigned on Saturday, Bishop Lori
said.

The Rev. Stanley N. Koziol, 69, was the assistant pastor of
St. Mark in Stratford. He recently admitted having sex with
a minor in the early 1960's and was dismissed in March.

The Rev. Vincent J. Veich, 57, co-pastor of St.
Benedict/Our Lady of Montserrat in Stamford, was accused of
having sex with a teenage girl in the late 1970's. Father
Veich was defrocked earlier this month.

Bishop Egan presided over the 1997 dismissals of the Rev.
Joseph Moore and Msgr. Charles Stubbs. Bishop Lori admitted
the diocese did nothing when allegations against Father
Moore first surfaced in the 1970's. He said Bishop Egan
acted immediately when the claims were brought up again in
1997.

Monsignor Stubbs, former pastor at St. Mary in Greenwich,
had been retired a year when he was defrocked in 1997.

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