Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Accused Priest Was Subject of Sermon.(Final)

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Northern Bureau

Congregation Was Told of Charges

SANTA FE -- The sermon during the noon Mass at St. Francis Cathedral on Sunday addressed allegations that one of the cathedral's own priests had sexually abused an underage girl in California about eight years ago.

The Rev. Jose Superiaso, formerly associate rector at St. Francis Cathedral, was arrested last week in California and is charged with 25 counts of child molestation.

Superiaso, 49, is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl in 1994 at a priests' residence in Daly City, Calif., where Superiaso was serving as a parish priest.

"It certainly seems the devil would like to discourage us with another case of clergy abuse and this one close to home," said the Rev. …

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