Father Michael Kelly, who was removed as pastor of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Lockeford after a jury found him liable of childhood sexual assault, has flown to his native Ireland for what Kelly describes as needed medical treatment.
Kelly, 62, wrote a letter dated Sunday to Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire, saying that he was already in Ireland. Blaire said in a news release that he was stunned when he saw Kelly’s letter Monday afternoon.
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