NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The ex-pastor of a Harlem church accused of sexually abusing children in the 1980s has been assigned to “a life of prayer and penance.”
Archdiocese of New York spokesman Joseph Zwilling tells the New York Post that Wallace Harris is living “under very, very close supervision” in a Catholic-run residence.READ MORE: Long Island Woman Sentenced To 9 Months In Prison For Death Of Anti-Gang Activist Evelyn Rodriguez
Harris arranged Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 Mass at Yankee Stadium and gave the invocation at Gov. David Paterson‘s swearing-in that same year.
The Vatican recently approved the archdiocese’s recommendation of “a life of prayer and penance.”
Harris was pastor of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo. The archdiocese suspended him after the allegations surfaced in 2008.READ MORE: Woman In Viral Series Of TikTok Videos Finds Secret Room In New York City Apartment
He resigned in September 2010.
Ten men accused Harris of molesting them when they were children.
No criminal charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired.MORE NEWS: Work Now Underway To Turn Pier 42 Into Public Park
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