Vatican Defrocks Two Des Moines Priests

KTIV [Des Moines IA]
November 17, 2006

Des MoineS, Iowa (AP) -- Two Roman Catholic priests alleged to have sexually abused minors have been defrocked by Pope Benedict 16th.

The pope granted the requests concerning John Ryan and Richard Wagner on October 13th, which means they can no longer act or identify themselves as priests.

A statement released today by the Des Moines Diocese said an allegation review committee determined that accusations of sexual abuse of minors were credible.

A recommendation to defrock the two men was made in 2003 to the bishop, who passed it on to the pope. The diocese statement says the men have not been allowed to function as priests since 2003.

The diocese has 82 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.


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