THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Former St. Mary Pastor Cleared of Sex Abuse
Green Bay Diocese Bishop David Ricken received notification from the Vatican in Rome that Father Paul Radetski, a former priest at St. Mary Church in Peshtigo, has been found not guilty of sexual abuse of a minor. Father Radetski has been granted senior priest status and his restrictions from exercising public priestly ministry have been lifted. He will serve the diocese in a capacity consistent with his senior priest status.
When an allegation against Father Radetski first came to light seven years ago in 2010, he was immediately restricted from the exercise of all public priestly ministry. Following diocesan policy, civil authorities were notified of the allegation against him which he categorically denied.
In order to determine the truth of the matter, the Diocese of Green Bay began a canonical penal process. This resulted in a trial utilizing three canon lawyers/judges from outside the diocese. After deliberations, they unanimously ruled that Father Radetski was not guilty and forwarded their findings to Rome. The Vatican reviewed and confirmed these findings and the matter is now closed.
Acknowledging that Father Radetski has been exonerated, Bishop Ricken expressed regret for the long canonical process to resolve the matter. Let us pray for healing and peace for all of those involved in these proceedings, he said.
Father Radetski served St. Mary Parish in Peshtigo from Feb. 12, 1992 to July 31, 1998.