Monsignor Charles Kavanagh, a beloved Bronx priest, was suspended because of allegations of an improper relationship with a child twenty years ago.  He allegedly had the relationship while he was assigned to the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary.  Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York said Kavanagh has been ordered to leave his current positions as pastor of St. Raymond's Parish in The Bronx and as vicar for development until the matter is clarified.  He has been informed that he is not to present himself as a priest or publicly exercise his priestly ministry.

Supporters of Kavanagh gathered at a Bronx rally on December 22, 2003, to show they don't believe he is a child molester.

The Archdiocese of New York said yesterday that after four years of trying to clear his name, Kavanagh will get his day in court - or at least a Vatican-ordered tribunal.  

(New York)