The Allentown Diocese removed a longtime Lehigh County priest from ministry because of past sexual abuse allegations against a minor. On Sunday, the diocese announced the removal of the current pastor of St. Ursula Church in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania. The purported abuse occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the priest served as pastor of the St. George Parish in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Since 1964 until the removal, the priest served in multiple parishes throughout the Allentown Diocese.
Removing a priest from ministry means that they may not hold a post in any Catholic institution, and it takes away their authority as a clergy member. Before the Pennsylvania Attorney General released the Grand Jury report in August 2018, laicization or removing a priest from ministry rarely occurred. To officially remove a priest from ministry, the Pope must approve the laicization.
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