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Catholic Diocese suspends retired priest after sexual misconduct allegation

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has suspended a retired priest after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor that dates back to 1982.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, has suspended retired Rev. Kenneth R. Parker after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor that dates back to 1982.

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh received the allegation Nov. 13, 2009, Burbidge said.

Parker was informed of the allegation three days later and denied the claim, Burbidge said.

Upon completion of the preliminary investigation, the findings were presented to the Diocesan Review Board on Jan. 15.

After accepting a recommendation from the board, Burbidge said he informed Parker on Tuesday that his public priestly faculties were suspended.

As required by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the matter is now referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Holy.

Parker was ordained for the Priesthood for the Diocese of Raleigh on May 25, 1965.

Parker’s pastoral assignments have been:

June 10, 1965 - Missionary Apostolate, St. John Neumann, North Wilkesboro
June 5, 1966 - Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensboro
April 24, 1968 - Assistant Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Charlotte
May 8, 1968 - Administrator, St. Peter Parish, Charlotte
June 10, 1968 - Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Forest City
Sept. 10, 1970 - Pastor, St. Catherine Parish, Tarboro
May 1, 1974 - Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Whiteville
July 5, 1979 - Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Newton Grove
Jan. 8, 1985 - Pastor, St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Garner
July 8, 1986 - Leave of Absence
July 7, 1987 - Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Pinehurst
July 7, 1988 - Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Whiteville

Sept. 1, 1993 - Retired

Parker retired in 1993. Since then, he has provided temporary assistance to parishes during the period when pastors are on vacation.

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