Rome, Italy, Jul 23, 2018 / 10:00 am
An Ecuadorian priest accused of the sexual abuse and possible torture of minors was dismissed from the clerical state by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Archdiocese of Guayaquil announced Monday.
The CDF issued a decree July 12 dismissing Luis Fernando Intriago Paez from the clerical state. The decree followed the Congregation's rejection of a second appeal by Intriago which "lacked foundation," according to a July 23 press release from Archbishop Luis Cabrera Herrera.
The press release explained that as a laicized priest, Intriago is barred from holding any office in the Church, from the celebration of the sacraments in public or private, and from imparting any theological teaching within the institutes of the Catholic Church. The decision may not be appealed.
Intriago's dismissal from the clerical state by the CDF concludes a canonical trial which began in 2013.