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The Bishop of Raleigh says a Duplin County priest and his parishioners are in his prayers. Bishop Michael Burbidge asked people not to jump to conclusions while Fr. Edgar Sepulveda faces charges of sexual misconduct. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Sepulveda a week ago. Bishop Burbidge asked to let the entire judicial process play out and pray for everyone involved.

Sepulveda is charged with sexual offense and sexual battery. Deputies say the priest was ministering for a youth group in Brunswick County, but had no place to stay. One of the youth group member’s parents offered their home– that’s where deputies say the incident happened. Duplin County, has an open case also involving a separate allegation about Sepulveda, but Bishop Burbidge says the cases should not reflect on the entire catholic church.

“One act of sexual abuse of a child is horrific and unacceptable,” Burbidge said. “And I understand that it devastates everyone involved. Ninety-nine percent of the priests that the faithful had met throughout their whole life have been true and faithful to everything they have promised.”

The Diocese of Raleigh put Sepulveda on administrative leave when it first heard about the allegations in September. As soon as charges were pressed, it revoked the priest’s faculty. That means he can’t celebrate or lead mass in public.

Bishop Burbidge says he will visit Sepulveda’s parishioners over the weekend to try and answer any questions. Sepulveda denies all of the claims made against him.


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  • CM

    I have nothing but scorn for Judas Priests like this one who have done as much harm to the church and its people as the Nazis and Communists did in the last century. At the same time, I am very disturbed by the knee-jerk, unfounded attacks on Bishop Burbidge. He has given total disclosure on this issue, made it transparent as possible, posted it on the diocesan website, and removed the priest immediately. Have any of you met the Bishop? Do you have any idea of what he has to deal with in this diocese or all of the accomplishments he has made? Guess not. If you are really concerned about this issue, simply go up to Raleigh and meet with him. He’s very accessible. Finally, I suspect the motives of some of these posters, who probably hated the Church to begin with (real surprising in the Baptist south), regardless of whether the scandal happened or not.

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