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Ohio priest laicized for abuse

July 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has removed Thomas Crum, 61, from the priesthood, following three allegations of abuse. The priest was serving as a pastor at a parish in the Diocese of Youngstown last year when a man alleged he was abused by Crum at a Catholic high school in the 1970s. Crum admitted the abuse, which took place over the course of a year.

Subsequently, two other former students alleged abuse.

“To defrock a priest means nothing to us,” said Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests. “He needs to be in jail.” Crum has not been prosecuted because of the state’s statute of limitations.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 20, 2010 11:57 PM ET USA

    As I told a man who said he left the Catholic Church because of the scandal and thought the punishment was insufficient, I remarked we just to be able to burn them at the stake, but you liberals put an end to that, didn't you?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 20, 2010 6:23 PM ET USA

    Please note that SNAP is not pleased. The only thing that will satisfy that gang is the total destruction of the Catholic Church. But I'll thank God this guy is out of the collar. What would be good is if we could interact with the secular authorities in "stale" cases like this to have such people branded sexual predators and required to register.