Diocese withdraws priest's faculties
In a statement issued late Sunday, May 16, the Diocese of Rochester announced that it is investigating a complaint alleging improper conduct with minors dating back to the 1970s against the Rev. Paul Schnacky, a retired priest who currently resides in Hornell.
According to the diocesan statement, the results of the investigation were presented to the Diocesan Review Board, which advises Bishop Clark on these matters. Board members found that the investigation confirmed the complaint. Father Schnacky had been serving as an associate pastor at St. Philip Neri in Rochester at the time referenced in the complaint.
Father Schnacky's faculties have been withdrawn and he is prohibited from exercising public ministry.
In accord with its policy intended to protect both the complainant and the accused, the diocese said in its statement that it would not offer further comment until the investigation is completed.
The statement emphasized that the Diocese of Rochester encourages victims of abuse to report to civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the diocese, victims are encouraged to contact the Victims' Assistance Coordinator, Barbara Pedeville, by phone at 585-328-3228, ext. 1215 (toll-free, 800-388-7177, ext. 1215); by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or U.S. mail to 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, N.Y. 14624.