Catholic Diocese: Priest took his own life following questionable interaction with minor
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said they were saddened to have learned of the death of Father James Csaszar Thursday.
The Diocese said Csaszar, former pastor of the Church of Resurrection in New Albany, took his own life in Chicago on Wednesday.
Csaszar was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Columbus after they were made aware of excessive and questionable text and telephone communications with a minor. The Diocese also said there was a potential misuse of church funds while serving as pastor of St. Rose Parish, New Lexington.
Following a diocesan review of the matter, they said the New Lexington Police were contacted and all information was turned over to them and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for their review. The Diocese said an investigation was being conducted at the time of Father Csaszar’s death.
"We are reminded throughout sacred scripture that God our Father is loving, merciful, compassionate and forgiving," said the Catholic Diocese of Columbus in a statement. "We also know that in his years of priestly ministry Fr. Csaszar did many good things for the people that he served in his parish assignments. And so we ask that everyone pray for Father Csaszar, his family, friends, and parishioners during this most difficult time."
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