Friday, March 17, 2006

It's about time...

A former vice chancellor of the Boston Archdiocese and six other priests accused of molesting children have been defrocked by the Vatican, church officials announced Friday.

In a statement, Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley expressed his "deepest sorrow for the grievous harm" done by Monsignor Frederick Ryan and the other Boston priests.

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Ryan was one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of child molestation since the Boston sex scandal broke in 2002. He resigned that year after being accused of abusing two boys in the 1970s and '80s at a Boston high school.

Looks like God's Rottweiler His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is starting to move on this issue. Look for more defrockings to come.

More: The Boston Globe reports that a deacon has been removed as well.


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