A former St. Paul priest, currently serving a 5-year prison sentence for molesting two boys in his parish, has been defrocked by Pope Francis. The decision means Curtis Wehmeyer is barred from ever being a priest or teaching in any Catholic institution.
In 2013, Wehmeyer was convicted on 20 felony charges for sexually abusing two minors. He's also charged in Chippewa County, Wisconsin with second-degree sexual assault.
Wehmeyer remains behind bars.
Archbishop John Nienstedt statement
"The effect of this decision is that Wehmeyer has been permanently and definitively barred from presenting himself as a priest or exercising priestly ministry. He is also prohibited from exercising a teaching or leadership role in any Catholic institution. This decision is the final resolution of Wehmeyer's status as a priest."
Attorney Jeff Anderson statement
"While it is comforting to know a child molester is behind bars and will never be placed in a position of trust as a cleric again, questions still remain. Why haven't more offenders been removed by the Vatican? Why haven't more clerics been prosecuted given the volume of information that has been provided to prosecutors by reason of the Child Victims Act, including tens of thousands of pages of files, depositions, and testimony taken under oath in the civil cases? Answers to these questions are needed by the many survivors who have courageously come forward and the survivors who continue to live in silence and shame and were harmed by these offenders."