SPOKANE, Wash. – Bishop Blase Cupich has removed a retired Spokane Catholic priest from ministry following accusations that he sexually abused a child decades ago.
The Rev. Dan Wetzler last served at St. Paschal Parish in Spokane from 1992 to 2002.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the decision last month by Cupich was published in the Inland Register, the newspaper of the Spokane Catholic Diocese.
Details of the allegation are not public and happened long enough ago that criminal charges would not be pursued.
Cupich is the outgoing bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. He has been appointed archbishop of Chicago.