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Priest Suspended Amid Allegations of Misconduct with Minor

Bishop William Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro sent out a letter to parishioners saying Father John Meredith of Blessed Mother Catholic Church has been suspended because of allegations of inappropriate conduct with a minor.
Father John Meredith has been at Blessed Mother Catholic Church since 2008, but his life in the ministry is now put on hold. Bishop William Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro says in a letter to parishioners..
   
        "There has been an allegation of inappropriate conduct with a minor and an investigation will continue. In matters such as these we have a Diocesan Review Board who offers me counsel in how best the Church can assure justice for the alleged victim, for the accused, and for the Church community."
  
He goes on to say ..
   
        "Often when we hold someone in high regard we find it impossible to accept an accusation that seems so foreign. As I said, an investigation will continue, but I must say that the Diocesan Review Board unanimously judges this allegation credible. Thus I urge compassion for the person who has brought this matter to light."

Recently Father Meredith showed signs of distress,about a month ago in a letter to parishioners he said...

        "I write to you with a certain degree of sadness but with a great degree of hope. For years now I have struggled with a severe anxiety disorder stemming from years past. I have tried to deal with it on my own but can no longer do so. I need help."

He goes on to say...
   
        "So I am giving myself a gift. I am taking a medical leave of absence and entering a program to help me in St. Louis."
   
We went by the Diocese, but we were told Bishop Medley was not there. Instead they gave us this statement..
   
        "Please remember Fr. Meredith and his family, friends and parishioners in your continued prayers. We always pray for any who have ever been harmed within the community of the Catholic Church."

The letter from Bishop Medley does not say where, when, or who with, the alleged inappropriate conduct took place. When we contacted the Owensboro Police Department this afternoon they were not aware of the matter, but since then a representative says the department has opened an investigation
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