A former pastor in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, suspended following allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenaged boy in the early 1980s, has died.
Robert P. Morrissey, 69, former pastor of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, died last week in Jupiter, FLA, where he had been living. He was buried Tuesday in a family plot in Flushing, N.Y.
“During this difficult time, the diocese seeks both to proceed with compassion for those who have been hurt and with prayerful desire for God’s mercy on those removed from ministry,” said Diocese Spokesman Brian Wallace. “Acknowledging that this can also be a painful moment for victims of sexual abuse and their families who carry the burden of their experience, we pray that they may find healing and move forward with their lives. The diocese asks for prayers for all involved.” Continue reading