Bruce Ewing had been allowed to serve on a volunteer parish council of St. Therese Church despite his 2007 conviction of third-degree rape, involving a teenage girl in the 1970s when he was a priest, USA Today reports.
Ewing resigned from the council Tuesday, the archdiocese said. That came a day after his presence on the board was spotlighted in a pending lawsuit.
“All employees and volunteers who work with children in Catholic parishes and schools must undergo background checks and participate in training,” said a statement the archdiocese released Wednesday. “In Mr. Ewing’s case, it was assumed that since he was not working with children, his volunteer service on the parish council was acceptable.”