Today, abouthigh-school-age Catholics across the country attend his program each week. As the flamboyant, charismatic leader of that program, Fushek reigned as the de facto spokesman for the country's Catholic youth. He is credited with bringing America's young Catholics back to the church by energizing, personalizing and modernizing church doctrine.
Dale Fushek, the excommunicated former vicar general of the Diocese of Phoenix and founder of the international youth ministry Life Teen, has lashed out at Bishop Thomas Olmsted in a new autobiography. For all current news, visit our News home page. All comments are moderated.
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December 15, by Amy Welborn. Mark Dippre, have been excommunicated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted for defying his order to not engage in public ministry, an activity that was deemed out of accord with the Roman Catholic Church. Thirteen months ago, the priests, who had served together in the s at St. Longmore, Mesa.
Jump to navigation. Dale Fushek was recently notified he has been laicized. The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had been investigating the former pastor of St.
Magazine article National Catholic Reporter. Life Teen, which describes itself as "the most prolific youth ministry in the Catholic church," is under siege, and the battleground has spread from Phoenix, where it was founded and is headquartered, to other parts of the country. Life Teen, which involves by its own account more thanteens in the United States and other countries, owes its birth to Msgr.
In he was charged with ten criminal misdemeanor counts related to alleged sexual contact with teenage boys and young adult males. By Februarythe charges were adjusted to four counts contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of indecent exposure. On April 15,Fushek agreed to a plea bargain offered by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in which he pled guilty to one of the charges. Olmsted for establishing the Praise and Worship Center, a community outside the Catholic Church, in defiance of the bishop's order for him to cease ministry.
Phoenix, Ariz. Fushek has accused Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix of wishing for his death and forcing him out of the Church because of a personal grudge.