Pope dismisses Life Teen founder from priesthood
Catholic World News - February 17, 2010
The Diocese of Phoenix announced on February 16 that Pope Benedict has laicized Msgr. Dale Fushek following an investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith into allegations that he sexually abused minors. The former diocesan vicar general, who founded the Life Teen youth ministry, was excommunicated in 2008 for schism.
“There is no doubt that the Church has been scandalized by the abuse of minors by Catholic clergy,” said Father Chris Fraser, the diocese’s judicial vicar. “What makes this case unique is that there is an additional scandal related to the schismatic activities of the Praise and Worship Center.”
Fushek faces five trials on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent exposure.
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