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Albany diocese defrocks priest accused of molesting boys in the 1980s


A 60-year-old priest accused of sexually abusing boys in the mid-1980s has been defrocked by officials of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

In January, the Reverend Gary Mercure was suspended from ministry and had been at two parishes in Troy.

The permanent removal, which was being announced this weekend at masses in communities where Mercure was a priest, indicated a diocesan review committee found “reasonable grounds” to support an allegation of abuse.

Officials say the diocese investigated an incident relating to “misconduct with a minor” at St. Teresa of Avila parish in Albany in the mid-1980s. Mercure was ordained in 1975.

Mark Lyman, the Capital Region director of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, told the Albany Times Union that he is in contact with 13 people who say they were abused by Mercure.

August 17, 2008 - Posted by | Catholic Church, Sex Abuse

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