Priest Ousted for Alleged Sex with Nun Trainees

By Eric Convey
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
June 2, 2004

A one-time Boston priest who allegedly coaxed sexual favors from women studying to become nuns as part of what he said was their spiritual formation has been defrocked, the Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday.

According to his accusers, Robert V. Meffan said he was the "Second coming of Christ" and women who provided him pleasure would thereby become Christ's "brides."

Intercourse, however, was off limits.

Meffan's tactics were outlined in documents made public as part of the clergy molestation scandal. His accusers said the perverted behavior began in the 1960s.

The Vatican action was effective May 20, according to a statement from the archdiocese.

As an ex-priest, Meffan may not refer to himself as a priest or celebrate sacraments.

There are several ways the Vatican can kick a man out of the priesthood, but the specifics of Meffan's case were unavailable yesterday.


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