4 St. Louis-area Priests Formally Removed from Priesthood

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Friday, November 03 2006 Nov 3, 2006 Friday, November 03, 2006 2:51:34 PM CST November 03, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS  -- Four priests suspended by the Archdiocese of St. Louis amid allegations that they sexually abused children are now permanently removed from the priesthood. The archdiocese announced the moves today. Among the four is 41-year-old Bryan Kuchar, who was released from jail in August after serving three years for molesting a 14-year-old boy. Also laicized are 58-year-old James Funke, 78-year-old James Gummersbach and 51-year-old Michael Seidel. The effort to remove the men began with a request from Archbishop Raymond Burke and required approval from the pope. The men are now forbidden to function or represent themselves in any way as priests. The action also means the archdiocese is no longer responsible for their support.

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