Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Vatican defrocks priest in abuse case

I'm not certain what is meant by "defrocked" since, as far as I know, it's a term not used by the Church. Perhaps they meant that he was laicized?
The Vatican has defrocked a local priest accused of sexually abusing an altar boy who later committed suicide, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced Monday.

Gerald Moffat, 75, most recently a pastor at St. Hubert Parish in Langley on Whidbey Island, had been on administrative leave since July 2002, when molestation allegations against him first surfaced.

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