Priests accrue eligibility toward Plan payments and benefits unless they are determined to be no longer in good standing. A leave of absence resulting from allegations of sexual abuse or similar misconduct initially deemed by the Archdiocese to be supported by credible evidence is considered a break in continuous service. Priests’ Pension Plan participants cannot accrue years of service or credited service when they are on leave for such reasons. If such allegations are subsequently determined to be without basis, the years of service are reinstated.
Participants who choose to leave active priestly ministry are considered to have a break in continuous service. If the former Plan participant had completed the requirements for retirement benefits, he is eligible only for the monthly cash retirement benefit, and not entitled to the other benefits provided for under the Plan.