Priest on administrative leave after asking inappropriate questions to students in confession

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Diocese of Providence has released details surrounding the concerning actions brought to their attention by parents and students about Reverend Eric Silva.

The Reverend has been placed on administrative leave due to him asking students at Immaculate Conception Catholic School and St. Luke School inappropriate questions during confession.

Silva will not be allowed to exercise public ministry while on leave, and is no longer the Assistant Pastor of Saint Luke in Barrington.

Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence released a statement on the accusations,

“The Church places great responsibility on the priest as confessor to exercise prudence, discretion, and attentiveness to the age of penitents. Confession must always be an opportunity to experience God’s mercy and peace. It is truly unfortunate whenever that doesn’t take place in confession. I have asked Fr. Silva to take this period of leave as an opportunity to reflect on these priestly responsibilities and to engage in additional formation.”

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