July 29, 2005

Two priests defrocked by Vatican


BOSTON The first priest in Massachusetts to be convicted of sexual abuse and a Boston priest have been defrocked by the Vatican.

The Vatican's action means Eugene O'Sullivan and Paul McDonald are no longer allowed to function as priests in any capacity -- except to offer absolution to the dying.

Both are also cut off from any financial support from the Boston archdiocese.

O'Sullivan had been sentenced to probation in 1984 after admitting to sodomizing a 13-year-old boy.

McDonald was accused of sexually abusing several boys in the 1960s.

Posted by kshaw at July 29, 2005 09:23 PM