The former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul - Minneapolis has left the priesthood.
Pope Francis has approved the request of Peter Laird to be laicized,
the archdiocese has announced.
The former vicar general had submitted
the request more than two years ago.
Laird resigned from his post as vicar general of the Minnesota
archdiocese in October 2013, following charges that he was aware of a
priest’s involvement in child pornography but allowed the priest to
remain in active ministry.
He had not been active in priestly ministry
since that time.
Laird had been appointed vicar general in 2009 by Archbishop John
Nienstedt - who resigned himself in June 2015 in the wake of the sex-abuse
scandal in the archdiocese.