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Report: Liturgist whose book was endorsed by Pope had been suspended

May 19, 2010

Deacon Scott [Alcuin] Reid, whose work The Organic Development of the Liturgy includes a preface by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had his faculties revoked in 1991 by the Archdiocese of Melbourne, according to an Australian newspaper report. The Age reported that it had “been told Mr. Reid made repeated inappropriate and sometimes aggressive sexual advances while in the seminary in Melbourne and overseas.”

Tne newspaper also reported that “the Church” said on May 18 that it “without success, strenuously and repeatedly urged Scott Reid to seek laicization.” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne also told the newspaper that there was insufficient evidence to seek Reid’s involuntary laicization.

Reid is now a deacon of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in France, according to the newspaper.


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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - May. 19, 2010 11:31 AM ET USA

    Just a minute. Googling Alcuin Reed shows that he is or was a Benedictine monk. As such, he would come under his religious superior and not the local bishop. What is his status? Is he exclaustrated? Is he now a secular cleric? He seems to be a well-known liturgiologist.

  • Posted by: Gaudete802 - May. 19, 2010 9:58 AM ET USA

    I am really confused by the secular press headline "Pope Helped Tainted Deacon" I guess it's intended to attract readers to an otherwise pedestrian write-up that says the Pope wrote an Introduction to a book by this deacon but there is no information that he knew he had had his faculties revoked. It implies much more than is reported. I do not see any real issue here. There have been no accusations of abuse and his current bishop chose to ignore the information from his former bishop.