Bishop Joseph Adamec dies

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The longest serving Bishop of the Altoona Johnstown Catholic Diocese has died.

The Diocese released a statement Thursday, saying that Joseph Adamec died unexpectedly Wednesday.

Joseph Adamec was ordained a priest at 24 and spent the next 50 years studying and serving various roles in the Catholic Church.

In 1987 Adamec was ordained as the 7th Bishop for the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

Controversy came about towards the end of his time with the Diocese. On March 1st, 2016, a state grand jury report accused Bishop Adamec and Bishop James Hogan of covering up decades of child sex abuse by more than 50 priests that they supervised. And the report says that they kept a list that outlined what the Diocese would pay to sex abuse victims to keep them quiet about what the priests did to them, in some cases, up to $175,000.

James Hogan died in 2005. No charges were ever filed against Bishop Adamec. He denied any wrongdoing.

In 2011 Joseph Adamec retired from his role as a bishop and lived in Hollidaysburg.

He was 83 years old. Funeral arrangements are being finalized.

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