Priest accused of abuse stripped of title - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Priest accused of abuse stripped of title

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Catholic priest who served in central Louisiana has been stripped of the title of monsignor and ordered to a life of prayer and penance.
    
The move by church authorities in Rome was announced Thursday by Alexandria Bishop Ronald Herzog.
    
The Rev. Frederick James Lyons was accused of sexually abusing children. Now in his 80s, The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1az03Es) that Lyons served as a priest in Alexandria, Cloutierville and Bunkie, retiring in 1989. A New York native ordained in 1952, Lyons was suspended from priestly functions in 2006, and his case was sent to the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith for examination.
    
That body's decision says Lyons can't celebrate Mass in public, preach, or participate in a public liturgy. He also can't wear priestly dress in public.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man faces second-degree rape charge

    Man faces second-degree rape charge

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:21:29 GMT
    Jean Paul Walston, 23 (Source: WAFB)Jean Paul Walston, 23 (Source: WAFB)

    A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside his car five months ago has been arrested by authorities. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reported deputies contacted a woman at a hospital who told them Jean Paul Walston, 23, of Geismar, raped her.

    More >>

    A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside his car five months ago has been arrested by authorities. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reported deputies contacted a woman at a hospital who told them Jean Paul Walston, 23, of Geismar, raped her.

    More >>
  • RESULTS: March 25 Election

    RESULTS: March 25 Election

    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:59:49 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    The polls have closed in Saturday's statewide election. People in East Feliciana, Livingston, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes headed to the polls to vote for candidates for office or propositions.

    More >>

    The polls have closed in Saturday's statewide election. People in East Feliciana, Livingston, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes headed to the polls to vote for candidates for office or propositions.

    More >>
  • Storms produce street flooding in parts of Baton Rouge

    Storms produce street flooding in parts of Baton Rouge

    Saturday, March 25 2017 7:07 PM EDT2017-03-25 23:07:38 GMT

    If you tried to drive around parts of Baton Rouge earlier Saturday, you probably had a hard time trying to navigate through high water.

    More >>

    If you tried to drive around parts of Baton Rouge earlier Saturday, you probably had a hard time trying to navigate through high water.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly