Vatican to Consider Defrocking Priest

August 31, 2010

The Diocese of Allentown has begun the process of defrocking a priest who is accused of impregnating a teenage girl.

Spokesman Matt Kerr said the diocese began putting paperwork together over the weekend for the process known as removal from the clerical state, more popularly known as defrocking.

Kerr said the final decision is up to the Vatican.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he won't file charges against the Rev. Luis Bonilla Margarito because the relationship started when the girl was 18.

Last week, the girl's parents filed a lawsuit in Berks County Court, saying Bonilla carried on a sexual relationship with their daughter while he was the chaplain of Reading Central Catholic High School and she was a senior there.

The girl's parents became suspicious and installed a camera in the basement of their home in Muhlenberg Township.

The lawsuit said the camera recorded the couple having sex in November 2009.

The Diocese of Allentown removed Bonilla from his post after he acknowledged an "inappropriate relationship."

The girl later gave birth to a daughter.

The lawsuit names Bonilla, the diocese, the high school and the current and former bishops as defendants.

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