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Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse Has HIV

By KJ Mullins     Feb 17, 2008 in World
A Texan Catholic priest, Rev. Philip Magaldi accused of preying on his congregation has been identified as having the HIV virus. The Fort Worth area man has been accused for years as having improper conduct with the boys and young men in his parish.
Bishop Kevin Vann is flying to the Vatican on Monday to speed up the process startedin late 2006 of ousting Magaldi from the priesthood. The Fort Worth Diocese found the priest guilty of sexual exploitation in one internal investigation. There are also several more credible reports of his misconduct within the young male population of the church. Magaldi has denied all of this.
North Richland Hills police are investigating an alleged report of sexual assault with a young male in the mid 1990s.
The priest is residing at a retirement home in North Richland Hills.
The Fort Worth Diocese first learned of Magaldi's HIV status last week. Rev. Michael Olson, a member of the diocese confront Father Magaldi who admitted to being infected with the virus. Magaldi allowed for his physician to confirm the diagnosis.
Magaldi refuses to allow the church to have any more information on his condition. Based on details from discussion with associated though the church believes that he has been HIV positive since at least 2003.
The diocese has to pay a portion of the priest's medical bills.
Magaldi is the second sexually abusive priest that has been confirmed HIV positive. The first was Rev. James Hanlon. Hanlon died in 1990 from the virus, alcoholism and liver disease.
In 1990 Magaldi was hired by the late Bishop Joseph Delaney. At that time Magaldi was under investigation in Providence, Rhode Island for stealing more than $120,000 from a church in that diocese. He was said to have used some of that money to take adolescent boys on vacation to tropical locations. He once gave a teenage boy enough money to get himself a car. Magaldi served a short time in prison from that case.
When Magaldi finished his prison term Delaney had the job of chaplain of the diocesan Scouting program waiting for him. He was also in charge of supervising the altar boys at a North Richland Hills parish.
These assignments remained even as misconduct complaints kept arriving. Magaldi continued working with young male children until the early 2000's. Bishop Delaney told a local news agency that he had "no reason to distrust him".
Father Magaldi was still working on his ministry until 2006 at the retirement home he resides at when Bishop Vann ended that reign.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged accusers to contact police instead.
David Clohessy, national director of the group, said Bishop Vann "should personally visit every parish where Magaldi worked and urge anyone who was harmed by this predator to come forward."
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