A Wynantskill priest was removed from ministry following allegations he sexually abused a minor 27 years ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany said Saturday.
The Diocese received and investigated a complaint alleging that 58-year-old Rev. Salvatore “Sam” Rodino engaged in sexual misconduct with a teenager in the 1980s at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albany. Rodino has denied the charge.
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard acted on the recommendation of the Diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board by placing Rodino on administrative leave.
Rodino had been serving as pastor at St. Jude the Apostle in Wynantskill since 2005, but will no longer have the authority to function as a priest, including celebrating mass or performing any other sacraments.
Rodino joins a list of 23 priests removed from ministry by the Diocese over the past 59 years involving sex abuse of minors.
Hubbard said the Diocese has a zero-tolerance policy.
“No priest can remain in public ministry or can be transferred into, out of, or within the Albany Diocese if the Diocese has found reasonable grounds to believe he abused a minor at any time,” Hubbard said in a statement.
Rodino also served at LaSalle Institute in Troy, Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, and St. Patrick’s Academy in Catskill.
Prior to ordination, Rodino was a faculty member at Catholic Central High School in Troy.