Springfield's Monsignor Kicked out of Priesthood
Move Made Directly by Pope Benedict XVI over Sexual Misconduct Claims

Associated Press, carried in CBS 2
November 17, 2007

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says Monsignor Eugene Costa has been removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI.

The 57-year-old Costa is the former pastor of St. John Vianney Church in downstate Sherman and Holy Family Church in downstate Athens, and has been on leave since January 2005. Because his removal was made directly by Pope Benedict, it cannot be appealed.

Costa was once chancellor of the Springfield diocese. His problems began when he was beaten by two young men in a park in December of 2004. It was later alleged that he had solicited the two for sex.

Subsequent investigations by the diocese and the U.S. Attorney's office revealed a pattern of sexual misconduct.


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