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Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon removes two priests after investigating allegations of serious misconduct

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has removed two priests from service after investigating allegations of serious misconduct.

'Both cases did not involve children or minors': Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Father Ephraim Mensah, left, and Father Michael Yaremko have been removed by the Diocese of Saskatoon. (Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has removed two priests from service after investigating allegations of serious misconduct.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen confirmed the move, adding that "both cases did not involve children or minors."

Father Ephraim Mensah had served at Holy Family Cathedral in Saskatoon. Hagemoen says that he resigned and retired.

"After our internal investigation, it was determined that Father Mensah's actions amounted to serious misconduct. His actions were a flagrant breach of his vow of chastity to God and the Church," he said.

Father Michael Yaremko was an assistant pastor at St. Augustine's in Humboldt.

Hagemoen says that he committed "serious misconduct" and that the future of his status has not been determined. He would not elaborate to protect the privacy of the complainant.

Hagemoen says both sets of allegations were investigated by a "safeguarding committee" and the finding sent to his office.

"This is not a criminal investigation or criminal issue," Hagemoen said.

"In any case when the complainant comes forward ... they have the full support of the diocese if they want to go to the police, so it's up to the complainant to decide whether they go to police."

Fr. Yaremko declined an interview request from CBC.

Fr. Mensah did not return calls for comment.

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Dan Zakreski is a reporter for CBC Saskatoon.