“South Florida Priest Named in Sex Abuse Report,” WPBF25
August 16, 2018
A priest who served in Boca Raton is named in a sex abuse report.
The Diocese of Palm Beach released the following statement on Thursday:
In 2007, Father Thomas J. Benestad relocated on medical leave of absence from the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania to Boca Raton, Florida. At that time, he offered to assist at Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton. After inquiring of his status in the Diocese of Allentown, the Diocese of Allentown advised the Diocese of Palm Beach that Father Benestad was a priest in good standing, that there were no impediments to his ministry, and that the Bishop of Allentown at the time, had no objection to his ministry in the Diocese of Palm Beach.
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