Alabama Priest Laicized After Civil Marriage to 18-Year-Old

The Roman Catholic priest in Alabama who married a recent high school graduate after meeting her through his ministry, fleeing to Europe with her and facing law enforcement scrutiny, has been permanently ousted from the priesthood, a consequence few clergymen ever endure.

Alex Crow’s removal as a priest – known as laicization – by the Vatican had taken effect by 5 January and was confirmed in a letter from the Catholic church’s worldwide leader, Pope Francis, according to an announcement from the archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama.
Alex Crow, a Roman Catholic priest from Mobile, Alabama, has drawn scrutiny from law enforcement and has been told to quit publicly presenting himself as a clergyman after fleeing to Europe with a recent graduate of the high school where he worked.
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Mobile’s archbishop, Thomas Rodi, condemned Crow in the announcement for – as he put it – behaving scandalously, and expressed a desire for his local community to “move toward peace after these unsettling events”.ommunity to “move toward peace after these unsettling events”.

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