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After his son's abuse, a deacon left the Catholic Church. Now he's excommunicated


March 25, 2024

A permanent deacon in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, whose then-teenage son was molested by the priest he once served alongside, is now excommunicated after leaving his ministry, because he formally left the Catholic Church, according to the recent decree written by his bishop.

"I'm very surprised — I assumed at some point that they would possibly laicize me, but excommunication ... that thought never crossed my mind," Deacon Scott Peyton, who was ordained in 2012 and had served until December 2023, told OSV News. He provided OSV News a digital copy of the March 13 letter he had received from Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette.


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