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Church helped former priest accused of abuse, get a Disney job

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania says church officials gave a former priest, a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they would have fielded at least one complaint about him sexually abusing a boy.

The ex-priest, Edward Ganster, went to work at Disney World. He died in 2014.

The report quotes a letter Allentown the bishop wrote Orlando bishop in the late 1980’s, while Java was on sick leave on a Catholic mental health hospital. He said Ganster ‘ s problems were “partially sexual” and that he could not assign him.

The report says monsignor separately told Ganster he was sure the diocese would give him a positive reference.

In 2002 and later the diocese reportedly has received complaints about Ganster abuse of two more victims in 1977.

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