January 09, 2005

Diocese looks to defrock ex-priest


By Dan Wilson
Post-Crescent staff writer

GREEN BAY — Green Bay Bishop David Zubik has filed a request with the Vatican to defrock a former Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting two boys.

Last April, John Patrick Feeney, 78, was sentenced in Outagamie County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison on three counts of attempted sexual assault of a child and one count of sexual assault of a child.

At the time of Feeney’s conviction after a February jury trial, Zubik issued a statement expressing his sympathies for the victims and said “we have begun taking the steps necessary to remove him from the clerical state.”

Last week, Renae Bauer, public relations coordinator for the diocese, confirmed that request was forwarded to the Vatican last month.

Posted by kshaw at January 9, 2005 05:35 AM