Vatican expels ex-priest after New Jersey court order broken

March 18, 2014 6:20:08 AM PDT
The Vatican has swiftly expelled a New Jersey man from the priesthood for repeatedly defying a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

Fifty-three-year-old Michael Fugee had agreed in November to seek laicization from the Roman Catholic Church to resolve charges by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

Fugee attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors despite signing a court-sanctioned decree forbidding such activities.

Fugee's conviction of criminal assault involving a teenager had been thrown out, but he was still ordered to stay away from children.