Cape Breton priest to return to work after complaint

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Rev. Paul Abbass stepped aside in February

CBC News

Posted: Jun 12, 2012 9:00 AM AT

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2012 8:58 AM AT

Father Paul Abbass was asked to step down after the complaint was filed.

Father Paul Abbass was asked to step down after the complaint was filed. (CBC)

The former spokesperson for the Diocese of Antigonish will return to work this fall.

Rev. Paul Abbass was asked to take leave in February after the Department of Community Servcies received a complaint in relation to his work with Talbot House – a former men’s addiction and rehabilitation facility outside Sydney.

In April, Cape Breton Regional Police said they would not press charges against the priest. They did not reveal the details of the complaint, other than to say it was in his capacity as the centre’s executive director.

Abbass will return to work Oct. 5 as pastor of several parishes – St. Mary, Frenchvale, St. Andrew, Boisdale, St. Columba, Iona, St. Barra, Christmas Island, St. Michael Parish, and Baddeck.

Abbass spoke for the diocese during the resignation of Raymond Lahey, the former Bishop of Antigonish, who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

1 Response to Cape Breton priest to return to work after complaint

  1. Sylvia says:

    I’m assuming in this day and age that this means the Diocese of Antigonish has conducted its own internal investigation and concluded that Father Abbass was not engaged in any activities or behaviour which, while not criminal, were not appropriate for a priest?  Does anyone know if such an investigation was undertaken?

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