Father Crum Defrocked by Vatican

July 19, 2010

A Catholic priest who was accused of sexual abuse while he taught at Cardinal Mooney High School has been defrocked.

Thomas Crum, who served in the Diocese of Youngstown from 1975 to 2009, was removed from the priesthood about two weeks ago, said the Rev. Robert Siffrin, vicar general of the diocese. He did not have the exact date.

Father Siffrin said that after an abuse allegation surfaced in May 2009 while Crum was pastor at Our Lady of Peace Church in Canton, the diocese removed him from active duty and asked him to consider requesting removal from the priesthood, which he did.

The diocese sent the request to the Vatican, Father Siffrin said, and after review, the recent decree came back and was presented to Crum.


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