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Notice of Priest Placed on Administrative Leave

News of the Diocese

August 26, 2011

The Reverend Matthew Ischay, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, was placed on administrative leave effective August 26, 2011 as the result of an investigation by the diocesan review board of a complaint alleging that misconduct with a minor occurred in the late 1970’s.

While on administrative leave, Father Ischay is not permitted to engage in any form of priestly ministry, wear clerical attire, or reside on parish property.

The Diocese of Cleveland continues to be wholly committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We are deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to actions of some members of the clergy, as nothing is more important than protecting children.

Any person with information, or just seeking help, can reach the Diocesan confidential response line by phone at 216-334-2999 or online at

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