Pope dismisses former German priest for abuse of minors

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A former priest of the Catholic diocese of Osnabrück in north-western Germany has been removed from the priesthood for sexually abusing minors. Pope Francis dismissed the man, now 88, from the clergy, the diocese announced on Tuesday. The man was a parish priest in the Osnabrück district from 1976 to 1997. The diocese made the allegations against the former priest public in 2018, after several of those affected had come forward. The public prosecutor’s office had also been called in, but the offences were already past the statute of limitations. With his dismissal from the clergy, the man now …

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