Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,649 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Ohio priest laicized for abuse

Catholic World News - 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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,738 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,262.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 2 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6