Alexandria Diocese Suspends Retired Priest

January 20, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, La. Bishop Ronald P- Herzog of Alexandria has suspended Monsignor Frederick J- Lyons from priestly duties following allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The news release from the Diocese of Alexandria did not contain specifics on the actual allegations including when or where the sexual misconduct took place. Lyons is a retired priest, so any alleged incident could have taken place years ago.

Herzog was unavailable for comment yesterday. However, in his statement, he said, the prohibition came after accusations were made to the Permanent Review Board of the Diocese of Alexandria. The board evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors.

The diocese has a policy for the protection of minors and can be found on the diocesan Web site on the Safe Environmental page.

Herzog says the results of the investigation will be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for further review.

Priests found guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor may be dismissed from the clergy.

Herzog stressed in the news release that the suspension is not an indication of guilt, but an administrative measure taken while the allegations are reviewed.

Lyons was ordained May tenth, 1977, and had served as pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church.


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