January 27, 2005

Vatican dismisses priest named in sex abuse scandal


Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Vatican has dismissed Thomas P. Creagh from the priesthood, making him the fourth man to leave the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville over the recent sex-abuse scandal.

The action came late last month, said Brian Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer for the archdiocese.

Creagh, 63, had not worked in ministry since May 2002, when he resigned as pastor of Holy Family Church in Louisville after being accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit against the archdiocese.

Creagh eventually was accused in five lawsuits of sexually abusing boys. All five plaintiffs were among 243 people who later took part in a $25.7 million settlement with the archdiocese. Creagh never faced criminal charges.

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2005 12:33 PM