Pope strips paedophile priest of clerical state

Father José Mercau serving 14 years for child sex abuse

(ANSA) - Buenos Aires, November 6 - Pope Francis has stripped of his clerical state an Argentinian priest convicted of child sex abuse while serving in a church north of Buenos Aires, San Isidro diocese said Thursday.
    Father José Mercau is serving a 14-year prison sentence after being found guilty of repeated corruption of minors and aggravated sexual abuse in 2011.
    He was reported by several of his victims who lived in a home for destitute children where he worked. In December 2013 the bishop of San Isidro, monsignor Oscar Ojea, apologised publicly for the abuse and called on the diocesan community to "work together to renew the culture of assistance to children and adolescents".


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