Denver Newsroom, Apr 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm
An Owensboro, Kentucky priest says he is “on cloud nine” after receiving word that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had reinstated his faculties after he appealed his permanent suspension from public ministry.
“When the letter [from the CDF] came, I was telling them I was almost afraid to open it because you don’t know what the news is,” said Fr. Joseph Edward Bradley to 14 News on April 26.
“I am so happy I can hardly talk,” he said. He said that it was the prayers and support of his “good friends” who got him through his suspension.
“After two years, it was getting more and more difficult,” said Bradley, as he waited for word on the status of the appeal.
Bradley was in March 2019 temporarily suspended from public ministry following allegations he had sexually abused a minor in the 1980s.
Another claim was made during the investigation into the first claim. Both claims are from when Bradley was the dean of students and principal at Owensboro Catholic High School.
Following an investigation, the Diocesan Review Board substantiated the allegations. Bishop William Medley of Owensboro accepted the review board’s assessment and requested that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith make the suspension permanent. Bradley appealed the CDF’s decision.
Last week, the CDF informed the Diocese of Owensboro that Bradley’s faculties were “immediately reinstated” and that restrictions had been lifted— with one condition.