Diocese: Catholic priest under investigation eliminates himself

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017|10:04 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio– A Catholic diocese in Ohio states a parish priest under examination for “questionable” communications with a minor and possible misuse of church funds killed himself.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said in a declaration Thursday that the Rev. James Csaszar killed himself Wednesday in Chicago. Csaszar was pastor of Church of the Resurrection in the Columbus suburb of New Albany.

The diocese’s statement states Csaszar was placed on administrative leave last month when authorities learned of “extreme and questionable” text and phone communications with a small and possible misuse of funds while pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Lexington.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Examination started checking out Csaszar after the diocese learned of the accusations and contacted cops in New Lexington, roughly 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Columbus.

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