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Priest Faces Drug Charges Involving Minors At Parish

September 22, 1985

ROMEO, Mich. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest accused of supplying young people with cocaine, marijuana and alcohol at his suburban Detroit rectory has pleaded innocent to the charges, state police say.

The Rev. Neil Kalina, 30, of St. Kieran Church in Shelby Township, was freed on $12,000 bond Friday after arraignment on one count of delivering cocaine, two counts of marijuana possession and two counts of providing alcohol to minors, said Trooper Curtis Schram.

Shram said he learned the priest was providing and using the drugs with young people after investigating parents’ complaints that he was supplying alcoholic beverages to them.

Kalina’s home telephone is unlisted and 12 calls to the church were met with busy signals Friday. The Archdiocese of Detroit said Kalina has been ordered to leave the rectory and faces church discipline.

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