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Priest Is Excommunicated

PHOENIX (AP) - A priest accused of having sexual conversations
with teenage boys has been excommunicated by the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Phoenix for starting his own ministry.

The diocese announced Monday that Monsignor Dale Fushek and another Catholic priest who helped open the ministry are now
prohibited from receiving church sacraments.

Fushek was the second highest-ranking administrator in the diocese. He is awaiting trial on charges including assault and indecent exposure over conversations from the 1980s and '90s.

He had been placed on paid leave, but his salary was cut off after Fushek started the ministry in defiance of the bishop's orders.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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