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LI bishop questioned regarding lawsuit against diocese

The head of Long Island's Catholic Church was questioned by authorities Tuesday about the firing of a church employee who accused a priest of having child pornography. Investigators want to know how

News 12 Staff

Jan 28, 2009, 1:15 AM

Updated 5,646 days ago

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The head of Long Island's Catholic Church was questioned by authorities Tuesday about the firing of a church employee who accused a priest of having child pornography.
Investigators want to know how Bishop William Murphy, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, was involved in an incident at the center of a multi-million dollar civil suit against the diocese. Former church business manager Connell Friel claims he was fired in 2003 after accusing Rev. Charles Papa of viewing pornography on his parish computer.
According to previously published reports, Papa admitted to looking at adult pornographic Web sites, but not child porn. Friel's attorney says he has evidence that proves the pastor did look at sites with children on them.
The attorney says he took Murphy?s word that he wasn?t involved in the matter and didn?t look into it any further.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Papa. He took a few months leave of absence and then returned to the Sound Beach parish.


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