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The five-year-old lay Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful awarded retired Detroit auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton its “Priest of Integrity” honor February 24 in Washington. Gumbleton was honored for his advocacy on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse and for promoting greater lay involvement in the church. The 77-year-old bishop has been criticized for meeting with liberal groups, however, and was removed from his Detroit parish in December. The bishop is the fourth recipient of Voice of the Faithful’s award, said spokesperson John Moynihan. “In each of these cases [the recipient] was someone who was speaking out against the hierarchy and being punished for it.” Gumbleton stunned the church in January 2006 when he said he had been abused by a priest when he was a teenager.

 

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