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NEW YORK: Pastor fled to Poland after DWI arrest

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Father Matthew Wydmanski fled to Poland following a DWI arrest BUFFALO. N.Y. -- The Buffalo Pastor who fled to Poland following a D.W.I. arrest has been suspended from his priestly duties.

Father Matthew Wydmanski, former pastor of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, was arrested on August 6th on charges of D.W.I., reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and fleeing an officer.  He fled the country and did not show up for his preliminary hearing in court.

Father Joseph Olczak, Provincial Superior of the Pauline Fathers, the order Father Wydmanski serves with, says the priest left the country without his permission and was suspended.  He says this official censure reflects the Pauline Fathers deep commitment to Corpus Christi.

Father Mariusz Dymek has been named administrator of Corpus Christi.  A native of Pila, Poland, Father Dymek has served at parishes in Poland, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  His most recent assignment was at St. Casimir's Parish in Yonkers, where he has served since 2009.