2 Minn. Priests Take Leaves of Absences Due to 'Prior Misconduct'

Updated: 11/04/2013 8:17 AM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Two Minnesota priests took leaves of absences Sunday for "prior misconduct," according to the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Both Father Paul Moudry and Father David Barrett took a "voluntary leave of absence."

Father Moudry and Father Barrett's leaves of absences were announced by the Archdiocese in separate statements.

In both instances, the decision was due to "prior misconduct" that happened many years ago and did not involve any members of any parish where they had served, according to the Archdiocese.

Father Moudry has been serving as a pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley since 2001.

Father Barrett has been serving as an assistant priest at the Church of Saint Wenceslaus of New Prague since 2009.

For both Father Barrett and Father Moudry, the "prior misconduct" did not involve a violation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Click here to read the statement regarding Father Moundry.

Click here to read the statement regarding Father Barrett.