January 25, 2005

Vatican Disciplines 17 Priests in N.Y.


Tuesday January 25, 2005 1:31 PM

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Church has disciplined 17 priests of a New York diocese for sexual abuse allegations.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island informed parishioners of the actions in a three-page letter listing the status of sex abuse cases against 23 priests.

Bishop William F. Murphy reported that eight priest were defrocked by the Vatican, nine were permanently suspended, three await canonical trials and two have been cleared. Proceedings against another have been deferred.

Several victims' rights groups criticized the bishop, saying the identities of the disciplined priests should be made public.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 07:46 AM