Two Removed from Priesthood over Sex Abuse Allegations

Associated Press, carried in WTOL
November 30, 2007

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Catholic Diocese says the Vatican has removed from the priesthood two men who faced credible complaints of sexual abuse of children.

They are Gary Berthiaume, who was suspended from active ministry in 2002, and J. Brendan McNulty. He was suspended in 2003. The church says they had asked to be removed from the clerical state.

Berthiaume transferred to Cleveland after serving six months in a Michigan jail for molesting two boys in the 1970s. More allegations surfaced when he worked in Cleveland.

McNulty was suspended while serving as pastor of Saints Philip and James Church in Cleveland. The allegations involved sexual abuse of boys from a large churchgoing family in the 1970s.


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