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Two Priests Removed

Jun 3, 2004 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese has removed two more priests accused of sexual abuse, a diocesan publication has reported.

Bernard V. Grattan, who was transferred from hospital ministry in Johnstown to medical leave status, was dismissed from the priesthood, according to the June 28 edition of The Catholic Register.

Martin D. McCamley, who was suspended from all priestly duties last year, retired without any rights to present himself as a priest, the publication said.

The two priests had been named in 13 lawsuits alleging sex abuse. The diocese recently agreed to a $3.7-million settlement of those lawsuits, doubling payments in such cases since 1994 to nearly $7 million.

Grattan was accused of molesting a boy at St. Patrick Church in Newry, Blair County. He became the diocese's third priest to be removed by the Vatican following allegations of sex abuse.

McCamley, a former high school music director, was accused of making a young male student sleep in the same bed with him during a field trip. He was placed on administrative leave in March 2003 and was most recently assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church in State College, Centre County.

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