Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Priest receives benefits

http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=13992302
Mercure receiving benefits after being removed from ministry
Posted: Feb 08, 2011 9:08 PM
PITTSFIELD, N.Y. - The trial of a local Catholic priest accused of raping two young boys more than two decades ago is moving forward, however NEWS10 has learned that no matter the outcome of the trial, the ex-priest will still receive his full retirement benefits.

Ex-priest Gary Mercure, 62, is being tried in Berkshire County for allegedly taking young boys from Glens Falls to Massachusetts and sexually abusing them.

While the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese removed Mercure from the ministry back in 2008, he has kept his title of priest and is still receiving his benefits.

In order for Mercure to be defrocked the Bishop would have to initiate proceedings with the Vatican.

Closing arguments will be given, and jury deliberations will begin, Wednesday morning.

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