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HIV positive priest accused of sex abuse dead

FORT WORTH, Texas — [source]:

Aug. 13, 2008, 1:23PM

A former priest who was HIV positive and accused of sexually abusing minors in Texas and Rhode Island has died, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth announced Wednesday.

Philip Anthony Magaldi died Tuesday in a North Texas health care facility. Earlier this year, the 72-year-old Magaldi told officials in the diocese he was HIV positive.

Magaldi was removed as a priest in 1999 amid claims of sexual misconduct in Rhode Island, where he served from 1960-90. Other claims were made in the Fort Worth area, where he served from 1990-92 and 1993-99.

Overall, he was accused of sexually abusing at least five minors in two states. Magaldi was never charged and always maintained his innocence.

He was out of the ministry while serving a brief stint in prison in 1992 after embezzling about $200,000 from his Rhode Island parish, officials said.

Magaldi is one of six priests in the Fort Worth diocese who was accused of abusing minors, according to files released last year that were part of a sexual abuse lawsuit.

The bishop in the Fort Worth diocese flew to Rome earlier this year to ask the Vatican to expedite the process of having Magaldi defrocked, which would remove him from clerical status.

In a statement, officials in the Fort Worth diocese said they will “pray for the repose of his soul.”

Magaldi will be cremated and buried with his parents in Florida.

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August 13, 2008 - Posted by | HIV / AIDS, Sex Abuse, The Vatican

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