Portland archbishop apologizes for priest's abuse

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Posted: Aug 27, 2012 4:25 PM
Portland archbishop apologizes for priest's abuse

REEDSPORT, Ore. (AP) — The archbishop of Portland has made an apology, read at a Sunday Mass, to a woman who settled a suit over sexual abuse by a priest in Reedsport in the 1980s.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (bit.ly/Nxzh51) 41-year-old Carolee Horning was at St. John the Apostle Parish when Monsignor Dennis O'Donovan read the letter from Archbishop John Vlazny.

The letter said the priest was a friend of the Horning family and took unfair advantage of that.

The priest, the Rev. Edward Altstock, is retired and living near Portland. He has declined to comment, and phone calls to him Monday went unanswered.

Horning has settled a suit with the archdiocese for $480,000, and the promise of an apology from the pulpit.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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