Lifesite News—A New York District Attorney (D.A.) has thrown out allegations of assault against well-known priest Fr. George Rutler. LifeSiteNews learned this morning [May 28, 2021] that the D.A. had found the accusations of a female security guard against Rutler to be “baseless.”
This news has been confirmed by New York parishioner Jonah Bergman, who told LifeSiteNews over Twitter that Rutler told him the good news himself. In response to a tweet by Sohrab Amari saying that the D.A. had refused to charge the priest, Bergman wrote, “Yes, it is true! He is my pastor and he married me and my wife. Answered prayers!”
Rutler has always denied the accusations. In a November 20 letter to parishioners, he wrote, “A woman security guard who was temporarily assigned to provide security at our parish at the time of the election has alleged that on one occasion I improperly touched her. Responsible authorities are investigating her allegations. I strongly deny this allegation, which I maintain is incoherent and painful to my reputation and inconsistent with how I have conducted myself in fifty years of ministerial service without any accusation of misbehavior.”
Rutler said that he had voluntarily offered to step aside from his duties as pastor during the investigation.
LifeSiteNews reached out to the Archdiocese of New York, whose spokesman said, “We have no statement at this time. You’d have to contact the District Attorney’s Office.” …. Read more>