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Abuse Allegations Against Local Priest Surface

RVC Diocese places Our Lady of the Snow's Reverend Edward R. D’Andrea on administrative leave.

The Rev. Edward R. D’Andrea, pastor of parish in Blue Point, was placed on “administrative leave” recently following allegations of “abuse,” the Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC) confirmed in a letter obtained by Patch.

News of D’Andrea’s administrative leave was first brought to light to parishioners during Mass this past weekend on Palm Sunday, the start of the holiest week in the Roman Catholic religion.

Bishop William Murphy, head of the diocese, sent Bishop Peter Libasci to the Blue Point church to inform churchgoers of the situation involving the man many local residents know as Father Ed.

Sean P. Dolan, director of communications for the DRVC, said the diocese received an allegation of abuse against D’Andrea and consistent with the Dallas Charter, notified law enforcement.

The Dallas Charter Dolan referred to is the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established at the 2002 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops held in Dallas, Texas. It was instituted to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The charter includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse. 

It is not known when the allegations against the 63-year-old D’Andrea were made and whether the alleged incident(s) took place during his time at Our Lady of the Snow, where he has served as pastor for more than six years.

A Suffolk County Police spokesperson said they were unaware of any investigation or allegation against D’Andrea. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office referred all calls to the police department.

In written statement, Murphy said he was deeply saddened by the news and that D’Andrea will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a diocesan investigation. Murphy has appointed the Rev. Msgr. John J. Rowan temporary administrator of Our Lady of the Snow.

Ernest Smith, a parish trustee and Blue Point resident, referred to D’Andrea as a friend and mentor.

“He is someone we have all looked toward from a spiritual perspective for many years. We hope this gets resolved in a most expeditious matter,” Smith said. “But at same time we have a mission at the parish, and we need to move forward.”

Jenine Boisits April 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM
I have not made up my own religion. We don't even want to get into that topic because it's totally off the mark in terms of what's important here. Your defense is a quote from the Bible which you think fits in nicely with what you THINK you believe. What, exactly is so scary about what I've said? That you've created your own hell? God is love. You are learning here--so it's okay. Don't cover your fear with anger and bitterness. I will not fight with you on religion. Diversity is important in life. Go down your own path. I'll go down mine and perhaps we can all learn together, in our own ways...WITHOUT being nasty. Good luck to you, dear sir.
Thomas Roberts April 24, 2011 at 12:45 AM
God is love but people can isolate themselves from that love. dont be naive. it's simple math..
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Saint Thomas, why do you ass ume I'm a member of the Catholic church? I haven't told you my religion just as you haven't stated yours. You have however convinced me to avoid your religion as it appears to condemn the entire Catholic faith, every priest that ever lived, lesbians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, and pretty much everyone else who doesn't believe King James' interpretation of a book he couldn't even read. Do you think King James could have possibly had a hidden agenda when he had The Book interpreted? Gasp! Is that possible? I mean he was so kind to his royal subjects, it must be gospel
Thomas Roberts April 24, 2011 at 01:11 AM
interesting to see the gays and lesbians in here defending this "priest". Was he some kind of gay activist to boot?
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 01:12 AM
I'm not slinging any mud, just stated fact. You say it's a "good" version, I say King James had his own agenda, and the translators were paid by him. Not exactly a trustworthy individual that King James. I guess the Koran is just a novel? All those Muslims going to hell too? Shame I have some nice Muslim friends
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 01:14 AM
The only person that called anybody gay was you, the preacher with the version of the Bible paid for by the gay King.
Thomas Roberts April 24, 2011 at 01:21 AM
I didn't say you were slinging mud. I said you're muddying the waters. Two totally different sayings and meanings. Muddying the waters means you're attempting to obscure things with off topic type comments. That's either done on purpose or you're too dumb (not trying to be mean, it's just the facts) to stay on topic. Yes, Muslims are nice and so are many catholics and so was my grandmother. But did they teach about the Sacrifice Christ made for our sins? No? Well I guess they didn't know Christ, or rejected Him or just didn't believe it. "Nice" means they teach about salvation. That's "nice" to God. Nice to you is satanism, Anton LaVey style who propagated satanist Aliester Crowly's words of, "do what thou wilt is the whole of the law". Funny how that is satanism isn't it? The opposite of what Christ says.
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Rumor? Lmao, check your British history, he was openly gay. Sorry if that burst your bubble, I guess your not a fan of gays
Jenine Boisits April 24, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Okay, so which comment of yours is the one that you believe? this is what you wrote in reply earlier about God being love: "Show me in the bible where it says that "God is all loving". its not there. The closest verse to that says, "God is love" But what is love? Love is always conditional. Anyone who disagrees doesn't live in reality. Love is patient kind and longsuffering but not unconditional. and it runs out. that's why there is a hell. " There you go again, twisting the Bible around. First you ask me where in the Bible does it say God is love? You think love is conditional. How sad for you. Now you say that God IS love. So which is it? Oh, wait...you won't know until you hear what I have to say again because it depends on how you want to defend your position. Basically, Thomas Roberts, you seem like you, yourself, are isolating from love. Why so defensive and angry? Is it because you are isolated from love? Because you believe love is conditional?
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Can I add the Masons to the list of condemned? Lol, is there a group you like?
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 02:04 AM
According to Saint Thomas, we're all going to hell
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I really said what I had to say in regards to Father Ed. The church reported it to the authorities, he's innocent until proven guilty in the country, and none of us are in a position to judge. All the rest I was just having a little fun with some of the crap that was spewed. As is my right in this country :-)
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 02:26 AM
I think he's probably checking on the history of King James, we seem to have lost him. The problems with a story/allegation like this is that it gets attention from a lot of people who could care less about the people involved or the outcome. They have their own interests, group, or agenda to promote.
Courtney Thyberg April 24, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Very true. This isnt even the real story. The author/editor/whomever has nothing else to write about in regards to the Father Ed situation that she just made this article up to get a rise out of people, because lets face it its easy to blame the Priest of over 6years at our Parish doing something like this.
Thomas Roberts April 24, 2011 at 03:06 AM
I've been silent because I'm doing some research on this Priest. Certain comments and people here have provoked me into doing a blog on this issue. My many readers need to hear all this. I will do what I can to help spread the warning about this suspected child predator. It's the least I could do for the poor victims of Pedophile Priests.
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 03:13 AM
You're assuming he's guilty before any investigation. He should sue you for slander if he's found innocent.
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Courtney, the parish announced it and the diocese reported it to the authorities. The police blotters are public information. The word was getting out without any reporters, I heard it before I read about it or saw it on TV. News reporters have a job to report the news, that's what they do. They don't create the news. The allegations were made, that is the cold truth.
Thomas Roberts April 24, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Amazing how none of my comments had any profanity in them and yet some were deleted, but this other "person" is cussing up a storm and her comments are left alone. Biased much Bayport Patch admin? I would love to know why they were deleted. because I called the catholic church a "cult"? It's okay for them to call every other non-catholic Christian sect a "cult" thought correct? Or "heretic"? Which is synonymous with "cult member"... The Pope also stated this inadvertently when he said that his "church" was the only true Christian church..!
Bill Baker April 24, 2011 at 04:58 AM
It must be nice for your ego to have "many readers" listening to your biased and unfounded opinion. Hope all your "many readers" get both sides of the story. Somehow I doubt it. I couldn't figure out your agenda, but I guess it's just ego.
Emily Portoghese April 24, 2011 at 05:05 AM
I Have since deleted numerous comments, as i've been checkIng about every hour. I must now close all comments for this article because some are inappropriate. Thank you for all your feedback.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Bill, yes, the Church reported it to the authorities, and that is all they should have done. Once it was in the hands of the authorities, the respective investigations would have been conducted, and the media would not have any information, as pending criminal investigations in accordance with our nation's laws (not church laws) are confidential until such time as the information can lawfully be released. The church unnecessarily announced this at mass. The reporter probably thought this article would boost her career, being the first to report on the controversy. Not every practicing catholic has moral. So now, we have an innocent man who has been serving the church and the public for decades suffering because somebody decided to make an allegation; the church threw him under the bus; and the media saw ratings. If I was Father Ed, I'd contact authorities myself to request an investigation and file suit against the Diocese for slander. An allegation is an allegation and nothing more. Now, thanks to the church and the media, this man's name is destroyed. The sad part is Fr. Ed, being a man of the cloth, would probably forgive the one who made this allegation, even if it was made with malicious intent. He would probably forgive the church and the media, as well. Fr. Ed, if you are reading this, I say fight. You are innocent until proven guilty. You have those who believe in due process. You have those who will support you. You have rights - please exercise them!
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:25 AM
Thomas, FYI - no need to worry. Your comment is still visible. The comments might not have been deleted by the patch but by the author.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:34 AM
I can understand everyone's frustration with respect to religion - one of the things that are rarely discussed because they end up ugly. I think the focus here should be the complete opposite of religion, as in our country, there was a separation of church and state many moons ago. Here's the reality - there is a man (who happens to be a priest), and someone came along and made an allegation against him. The only reason we all know this is because the church decided to make an announcement at a mass. Then, the media took off with it. Please put your personal feelings aside and think outside the box. This could have happened to any of us. Do you know anyone who has had a problem with their ex or a neighbor, and all of the sudden, child protective services shows up at their door? It happens everyday! People use government agencies as a means of harassment, and they use the Diocese in the same respect. No one is safe from an allegation. Anyone can make an allegation about anyone but everyone is entitled to due process. This is key.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Agreed.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:38 AM
Bill, I do not believe this was on police blotters. There was an announcement in church, and the first story (or written notification) was on Patch. It was then published on the Long Island Press, Newsday and then hit Channel 12 News. It started here...
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:42 AM
Who's not a fan of gays? I mean, come on...they're happy.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Take it easy, Thomas. To my knowledge, he is not a gay activist. I am; however. Keep the gloves above the belt. Fight fair and contribute to intellect, not insults.
Leona Ocasio April 24, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Wait - is Thomas saying that God hates us? Wow.....
Courtney Thyberg April 24, 2011 at 06:16 AM
Ever thought its to cover up something else? If it was indeed molestation people would step up. I also apologize for running my mouth, but I wont apologize for what I know is true and for what I believe in. As someone who has known Father Ed personally for several years, seen what he has done for our Parish, saw how he treated the kids and the elderly (including my now deceased Grandmother) this is the most ubsurd thing I've ever heard of. As a recent comment I saw, this isn't new. Allegations (FALSE allegations) are made every single day! Whether it starts out as a fight or not. I personally know this person as well as my own family. He would never do this.

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