.- Mark Hart, Vice President of Life Teen, a Catholic ministry aimed at sharing the Gospel with high school youth, recently denied allegations of sexual impropriety against their founder, Msgr. Dale Fushek. The alleged events were said to have occurred two decades ago at St. Timothy’s Parish in Mesa, Arizona.
Msgr. Fushek, Life Teen associate Phil Baniewicz and Life Teen Inc. were all named in a civil lawsuit at the end of January.
Hart noted that, “The claims in this matter allege conduct by Monsignor and Phil that is completely inconsistent with the character of these men of God…” He also expressed hope that “the truth will bring healing and greater strength to Monsignor, Phil, LIFE TEEN Inc. and the party who has brought the current suit.”
Hart publicly addressed the issue on the group’s website assured supporters and young people involved in the worldwide program that no matter the legal outcome, “The bread and wine will still become Christ's Body upon your altar. Your Priests, Youth Ministers and [Life Teen leaders] are still committed to walking this spiritual walk with you.”
Hart asked for prayers for the organization and its staff and reiterated that, “the truth will absolutely set us free.”