MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Father Pedro M. Corces was asked to resign and was under investigation, after allegations that he sustained a sexual relationship with a man he hired as a maintenance worker surfaced. Corces has denied the allegations.
A group of families at St. Rose of Lima, a Catholic church and school, in Miami Shores, hired a private investigator to follow Corces, after a group of nuns from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary left the school.
The families presented the private investigator's findings to Archbishop Thomas Wenski on May 16. There were pictures that showed Corces with a maintenance worker who is openly gay on social media and has a criminal record.
On Friday, Wenski issued a letter to the families of the students at St. Rose of Lima to report that some of the allegations were under investigation including the "hiring of friends and improper socializing with employees."
From 1996 to 2006, Corces was the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Miami. The post required screening priesthood applicants.
He was deposed in the case of Miguel Cala, a confessed pedophile, who became a seminarian. Later at St. Andrews school in Coral Springs, Cala was accused of sexually abusing boys.