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French Ngo Founder Priest Dismissed from Clerical State

By Celine Hoyeau
La Croix International
June 29, 2018

https://international.la-croix.com/news/french-ngo-founder-priest-dismissed-from-clerical-state/7925?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_content=28-06-2018&utm_campaign=newsletter_crx_lci&PMID=0993ce75a05e850a9ee6d7668f102aad

Thierry de Roucy was found guilty in 2011 of abuse of ecclesiastical power, sexual abuse and absolution of an accomplice. (Photo by promesaartstudio/stock.adobe.com)In a rare Vatican decision, the founder of the international association Points Coeur (Heartís Home), which has been sending young volunteers on mission since 1990, has been dismissed from the clerical state, La Croix has learned.The Vatican decision brought to a close a ten year long process marked by a complex process between Father Thierry de Roucy, now aged 61, the Heartís Home organization, the bishop of the Diocese of Frejus-Toulon and Rome.In 2011, de Roucy was found guilty of abuse of ecclesiastical power, sexual abuse and absolution of an accomplice in the person a young assistant priest.The latter was subsequently relieved of his priesthood at his own request after church authorities concluded that he had been subject to undue influence.'Final' decisionSince then, diocesan officials have continued to monitor...

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