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A second letter, from Malone, who succeeded Clarke as bishop of the diocese in November 1995, informed McAlinden the defrocking would proceed.
After his conviction Kiesle asked to leave the priesthood and the diocese submitted papers to Rome to begin the process of defrocking him.
Some of the alleged attacks, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, became public years ago but Murphy was spared a defrocking because he was protected by the Vatican office led by Cardinal Ratzinger while under John Paul II.
He said Taylor's co-operation was being sought which would speed up the process of defrocking him.
But Fr McNally said the Birmingham Archdiocese had never held that view and always preferred defrocking Taylor, who was suspended from acting as a priest immediately after his conviction.
ONE of the victims of Eric Taylor received the news of his defrocking with a mixture of relief and regret.
Defrocking can take several years as it involves ratification by the Pope.
A letter from 1985, bearing the signature of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, advises caution when asked about the possible defrocking of a US priest convicted of abusing children was obtained by The Associated Press news agency.
Law of Boston has announced the defrocking of a retired priest accused of molesting more than 50 children over three decades.
In 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, the number of defrockings dropped to 124, with another 418 new cases reported.