Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee investigating priest following allegations

Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 22:37:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee says a priest has been removed pending an investigation into unspecified accusations being made by 'certain adults.'

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee is investigating unspecified allegations against Monsignor James Flaherty.

Bishop William A. Wack sent a statement to WTXL regarding Flaherty's removal saying:

"Upon receipt of allegations by certain adults regarding Monsignor James Flaherty, Bishop Wack removed him from his position on August 24, 2018. The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee is in the process of investigating the matter. The Diocese takes these concerns very seriously and is undertaking a thorough investigation."

Officials say there are policies and procedures in place to address matters like these. 

According to the The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee's website, Flaherty was in charge of tribunal, lay formation, and continuing education for priests.

If you have any information about this matter, you are asked to please contact the Office of the Chancellor, Msgr. Michael Reed at 850-435- 3519.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for details.