Vatican defrocks Peter J. Inzerillo, priest accused in sex assaults in Massachusetts dating back decades


January 26, 2018

By Phil Demers

At his own request, Peter J. Inzerillo, a Worcester priest accused of sex abuse, has been defrocked by the Vatican and Pope Francis, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

“It is my fervent prayer that Christ may bring healing and hope to anyone who has been abused by a priest or by anyone in the Catholic Church,” Bishop Robert McManus, the leader of Worcester’s Roman Catholic diocese, said in a statement on the development released this week.

Added the statement, “As a result of the laicization, (Inzerillo) may not function in any capacity as a priest or be referred to as a priest or as “Father” in writing such as in event announcements or obituaries.”

Now 74 and ordained in 1970, Inzerillo formerly served as headmaster of St. Peter-Marian High School in Worcester from 1979 to 1985, also coaching hockey there and at St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg during the time.

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