St. Louis Public Radio News
7:26 am
Mon May 11, 2009

Former Vianney head stripped of priestly faculties

St. Louis, MO – The former president of St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood has been stripped of his priestly faculties.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a Saturday statement that Bishop Robert J. Hermann, the temporary head of the archdiocese, made the move after receiving information from the Marainist Province about a previous investigation of Rev. Osborne. The decision means the priest may no longer publicly celebrate Mass or live in any parish rectory in the Archdiocese.

Osborne was removed as Vianney's president in 2006 after accusations he had sexually abused students. Osborne denied the allegations, and an investigation by the St. Louis County prosecutor resulted in no criminal charges.