Vatican laicizes four Boston priests

The Vatican has removed from the clerical state yesterday four Boston priests who were accused of sexually molesting children during the 1970s and ’80s.

Robert F. Daly, John Keane, Robert Knapp, and Benjamin McMahon were declared “no longer in the clerical state’’ by the Holy See. They have not been in active ministry since the 1980s, the Boston Globe reports.

Daly, McMahon, and Knapp voluntarily left the ministry, while Keane was dismissed, the Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement yesterday.


Vatican ousts 4 from clerical state (Boston Globe)