Indicted Priest Suspended from Priestly Duties
WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Winona, Minn., has been placed on administrative leave after he was indicted in Chicago in an alleged scheme to help an imprisoned mobster conceal property from authorities.
Deacon Justin Green of the Winona Diocese says Bishop John Quinn has also suspended the Rev. Eugene Klein from his priestly duties. KAGE-AM in Winona reports it means he can't function as a priest.
Green says the diocese is fully cooperating with the investigation. He also says Quinn expresses deep sorrow over Klein's indictment.
Prosecutors Thursday said Klein ministered to Frank Calabrese at a prison in Springfield, Mo., where he allegedly participated in a scheme to recover a valuable violin from a home Calabrese once owned in Wisconsin. Calabrese is serving life for 13 murders.