Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Vatican Confirms Laicization of Belleville Priest

A Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Belleville has been "dismissed from the clerical state," or defrocked, by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Edward Braxton announced Monday.

The priest, the Rev. Robert Vonnahmen, is the first to be forced out of the priesthood by the Vatican in the diocese's 120-year history.
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