Published on Jun 09, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
Pope Francis has ordered German diocese to strip a 58-year old catholic priest, who has been convicted of child sexual abuse, of the priesthood.
The priest had worked in the western city of Aachen and was sentenced to six years in jail in 2015 for taking advantage of minors in his care.
a statement from the Dioceses said that the priest who abused his godchild and the child’s younger brother had not carried out priestly duties since 2010.
The diocese said that the order from the Pope meant that the affected priest has been permanently barred from priesthood and would no longer receive pay from the church.
The pope has repeatedly made it clear, his zero tolerance policy for child abuse, a problem that has plagued the church for decades.
This past weekend, Francis explicitly restated his power to remove bishops who are found guilty of such crimes.
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