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By a Broken Rites researcher
An Australian priest, Father Glenn Boyd, left the ministry of the Wagga Wagga Catholic Diocese (in southern New South Wales) in 2004, following queries about his youth work.
In the early 1990s, Glenn Boyd was an assistant priest at the Holy Spirit parish in Lavington (near Albury), followed by St Patrick's parish, Albury. In 1995, despite the earlier queries about his youth work, he was promoted from assistant priest to Parish Priest, becoming in charge of St Brigid's parish, Howlong, west of Albury.
In 2004, some of the earlier questions about Boyd's youth work were raised again, and the church authorities were forced to re-visit the issue. Boyd then left the ministry after 24 years as a professional Catholic, including 17 years as an ordained priest. His name was deleted from the annual Australian Catholic directories from 2005 onwards.
After leaving the priesthood, Boyd became an employee of a firm of funeral undertakers in Sydney. He became a participant in Sydney's Metropolitan Community Church, as he explained in an interview published on 26 October 2006 by a newspaper of the gay community, the Sydney Star Observer.