CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A local Bishop who was recently named in a sexual abuse lawsuit out of New York read a letter to his congregation during weekend mass.
The Diocese of Charleston said Bishop Guglielmone was serving as a priest at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Amityville, New York, in the Diocese of Rockville Centre at the time.
In a press release on August 14th, the Diocese stated the plaintiff’s abuse allegation were not determined to be credible when they were made and information regarding the accusation was provided to law enforcement.
They say Bishop Guglielmone adamantly denies the plaintiff’s allegation of abuse and said he looks forward to proving his innocence of this baseless accusation.
While addressing the allegations over the weekend, Bishop Guglielmone said the accusations he abused a child while he was a priest in New York in the late 19-70’s are false and have “no merit whatsoever.”
He said has vigorously defended himself and will continue to do so.
You can read the full letter below:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you know, a lawsuit has been filed against me alleging that I have committed a grievous act. The abuse of a child is despicable. This false accusation against me has no merit whatsoever; I have vigorously defended myself and will continue to do so.
As this case moves forward, I remain your Bishop. I will, however, temporarily reduce my public presence, as I do not want to distract the focus from the important ministries of the Church in South Carolina – including creating safe environments for our children.
I understand that these are challenging times for you, the faithful, and the coming days may be even more so. Please know that I am grateful for your prayers. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston