For immediate release, January 27, 2018
Another alleged sex offender has been “dispensed from the clerical state,” otherwise known as laicized or defrocked. This was an appropriate move by the Vatican. However, the duty of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in this case is far from complete.
Peter J Inzerillo was a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Wocester when he was named in a 1999 civil lawsuit filed by Edward Gagne. After the diocese settled with Gagne for $300,000 in damages for an alleged sexual assault, Inzerillo was reassigned to different parish and maintained his priestly faculties until 2002.