Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Francis Melfe, who is 91 and living in Schenectady, resigned from the priesthood in 1979, according to the spokeswoman for the diocese. He petitioned the Vatican to be “dispensed” from the clerical state — “laicized,” so that he would no longer be a priest — and this was done in 2012, she said. He is now married, but not to the woman whom a recent suit alleges bore his child.

Jupin was “granted voluntary leave of absence from ministry” in May 2003 by then-Bishop Howard Hubbard amid allegations of sexual abuse, said diocesan spokeswoman Mary DeTurris Poust, adding that she believes the allegations claimed he had abused two teenagers in Schenectady in the 1970s. Jupin, she said, was later reinstated, following an investigation.

Under a new policy of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, no one can access personnel records alone, said spokeswoman Mary DeTurris Poust. Only the diocesan chancellor and archivist now have access to personnel files, and only if they are together. 

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