Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Don Kimball defrocked

Anyone who was involved in Catholic youth ministry in the 1980’s knows about the former Fr. Don Kimball.

Kimball, who attended school in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, was ordained a priest in 1969 at St. Eugene's Cathedral in Santa Rosa. He quickly rose to national prominence with an award-winning radio youth ministry

…and, as I recall, monthly mailings on the current hits that were to be used in youth groups,

Don Kimball, the onetime charismatic youth minister convicted last year of molesting a teen-age girl, has been defrocked by the Vatican, Santa Rosa Diocese officials said Tuesday.

Kimball, 59, refused at least three requests from bishops to resign from the priesthood, prompting Bishop Daniel Walsh to take the unusual step of initiating his removal, diocese spokeswoman Deirdre Frontczak said.

A special panel at the Vatican approved Walsh's request late last year but the diocese delayed its announcement until all the paperwork had been completed, Frontczak said.

Kimball declined to sign the papers and requested a conference with his church lawyer, but that did not affect the decree, diocese attorney Dan Galvin said.

Kimball has been "removed from the clerical state," Frontczak said. He no longer has the duties, responsibilities or rights of a priest, and he receives no compensation from the church, she said.

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