A deacon who was removed from the ministry after child abuse allegations continued to serve as a lay minister for years despite allegations against him, according to The New Orleans Advocate.
George Brignac, 83, served as a lector at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Metairie as recently as last month, the Advocate reported.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond wrote a lengthy statement to The Advocate in response to the report that Brignac was still allowed to serve in a public role.
"I was utterly surprised and embarrassed when I found out that, several years ago, a priest had given Mr. Brignac permission to serve in this capacity," Aymond said. "That was an unfortunate decision, which has caused scandal. I deeply regret this."