Sacked priest in Timor-Leste ‘will remain defrocked’

Richard Daschbach Timor-Leste

Title: Sacked priest in Timor-Leste ‘will remain defrocked’
Author: Ryan Dagur
Publisher: Union of Catholic Asian News
Date: 15MAR2021

Divine Word congregation scotches rumors that Richard Daschbach could be reinstated after sex abuse trial.

The superior of the Society of the Divine Word congregation in Timor-Leste has moved to scotch rumors that ex-priest and self-confessed pedophile Richard Daschbach, who is currently on trial for sexual abuse, will be reinstated.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by UCA News on March 13, Father Yohanes Suban Gapun also expressed sympathy for the former American priest’s victims who were abused at the Topu Honis shelter that he founded in Oecussi, a small coastal enclave of Timor-Leste located 200 kilometers west of the capital Dili.

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