January 28, 2005

Vatican defrocked 3 priests here, archdiocese says


By Tim Townsend
Of the Post-Dispatch
Friday, Jan. 28 2005

Three St. Louis priests have been laicized, or defrocked, by the Vatican,
according to a statement by the archdiocese.

Archbishop Raymond Burke asked the Vatican to return Michael McGrath, Donald
Straub and Robert Yim to "the lay state," according to the statement, because
"all three had credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against them."

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
said the acknowledgement by the church would be helpful for the priestsí

"I hope it provides a bit of comfort for dozens of people who those predators
have hurt," he said.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 07:17 PM