Diocesan priest, serving in Purcellville, placed on leave

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge placed Father Ronald S. Escalante, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, Purcellville, on administrative leave recently pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged boundary violations involving a minor and adults which transgress the Code of Conduct for Clergy in the Diocese of Arlington. Since then, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigated and said it will not press criminal charges against Father Escalante. However, the diocese will conduct an investigation of matters that pertain to its Code of Conduct for Clergy and report its findings.

Father Escalante denies the accusations and stated that he is cooperating fully with the investigation.

While Father Escalante remains the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, Bishop Burbidge appointed Msgr. John C. Cregan, retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, as parochial administrator as the diocese continues the investigation.

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To see the diocesan Code of Conduct for Clergy, go to arlingtondiocese.org/Child-Protection/bgc-code-of-conduct-clergy.pdf.

The Diocese of Arlington encourages anyone who knows of misconduct or abuse on the part of any cleric or employee of the diocese to notify civil authorities, the Virginia Attorney General hotline at VirginiaClergyHotline.com or 1-833-454-9064 , and reach out to Frank Moncher, diocesan victim assistance coordinator, at 703/841-2530.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018