Former Bucks Priest Defrocked

By Carolyn Perc
Bucks County Courier Times

August 29, 2008

A Roman Catholic priest who served in Bristol Township's Immaculate Conception parish in the late 1990s and early 2000s has been officially defrocked for alleged sexual abuse at a different parish, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Thursday.

John H. Mulholland's official removal from clerical duties comes three years after he was named in the Philadelphia District Attorney's grand jury report alleging that he and several other priests sexually abused children.

The indictment alleged that Mulholland abused boys in a parish in Newtown Square, Delaware County, in 1970. The grand jury report did not allege that Mulholland committed any abuses at Immaculate Conception, where he served from 1996 to 2002.

The archdiocese had removed Mulholland from his duties as a priest in a Northeast Philadelphia nursing home in 2005, immediately following the release of the grand jury indictment. His defrocking, officially called “laicization,” follows the archdiocese's own investigation of the allegations, which it substantiated.


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