Vatican Confirms Punishments Imposed on Priest

August 20, 2009

The disciplinary measures were imposed after victims came forward complaining of sexual improprieties.

Disciplinary measures imposed on a Roman Catholic priest who admitted to sexual improprieties have been confirmed by the Vatican. The measures were imposed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland on Michael Doucette, who served as a priest in several cities and towns in Maine between 1975 and 2001.

Doucette will be allowed to remain a priest, but he can't have any public ministry or present himself as a priest or wear clerical garb.

The Diocese says Doucette has been out of the ministry since 2002. Doucette was removed from ministry twice, once in 1991 after a victim came forward claiming to have been abused in the early 1980s. He was sent for treatment and reinstated in 1992, but removed again in 2002 after another person complained of improper sexual advances that had occurred before Doucette treatment in 1991.

Doucette served as a priest in several parishes, most of them in northern Maine. They include:

St. Martin of Tours, Millinocket in 1975

St. Andre Paris, Biddeford in 1976

St. Louis Paris, Fort Kent in 1980

Campus Parish, University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1981

Sacred Heart Parish, North Caribou and Mission of St. Theresa in Stockholm in 1984.

Auxiliary Chaplain, Loring Air Force Base in 1985

St. Thomas Parish, Madawaska in 1991

St. Charles Parish, St. Francis and Missions of St. John, St. John and St. Paul, Allagash in 2000

St. Agatha Parish, St. Agatha and Mission of St. Joseph, Sinclair; St. Luce, Frenchville in 2001.


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