Priest’s faculties withdrawn

The Diocese of Rochester is investigating a complaint alleging improper conduct with minors dating back to the 1970s against Rev. Paul Schnacky, a retired priest who resides in Hornell, New York. Results of that investigation were presented to the Diocesan Review Board, which advises Bishop Clark on these matters. They have determined that the investigation has confirmed the complaint. Fr. Schnacky was serving as an associate pastor at St. Philip Neri (now closed) in Rochester, NY at the time.

Fr. Schnacky’s faculties are withdrawn and he cannot exercise public ministry.

As is our policy – to protect both the complainant and the accused – we will not offer further comment until the investigation is completed.

The Diocese of Rochester encourages victims of abuse to report to civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Diocese, victims are encouraged to contact the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator appointed by Bishop Clark: Barbara Pedeville, by phone at 585-328-3228, ext. 1215 (toll-free, 800-388-7177, ext. 1215); by e-mail to; or U.S. mail to 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, N.Y. 14624.

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