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Deacon is removed from KC diocese office after allegedly violating marital vows

At a Mass in November installing James V. Johnston Jr. (center) as bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, he was joined by Deacon Dien Nguyen and Deacon Dwayne Katzer (left). On Tuesday, Katzer was removed from service.
At a Mass in November installing James V. Johnston Jr. (center) as bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, he was joined by Deacon Dien Nguyen and Deacon Dwayne Katzer (left). On Tuesday, Katzer was removed from service. tljungblad@kcstar.com

A deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was removed from service after being accused of violating his marital vows with a woman, according to an announcement from the diocese on Tuesday.

Bishop James Johnston removed Deacon Dwayne Katzer from his position as director of the Diaconate and Diaconate Formation Offices. Deacons are ordained ministers of the Catholic Church who perform various tasks, including baptisms and officiating marriages and funerals. Married men can become deacons.

Katzer also was removed from all other ministerial duties and placed on administrative leave for an indefinite period, according to the statement.

Diocese officials said the allegation against Katzer came in October, prompting an investigation by diocese officials.

The diocese asked anyone aware of misconduct involving adults by any priest or deacon to contact the office of the vicar general, the Rev. Charles Rowe, at 816-756-1850.

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