Fushek, best known for founding the Life Teen Ministry, was laicized after a Vatican investigation into charges of the sexual abuse of minors. Fushek actually left the Church in 2007 and was formally excommunicated by Phoenix bishop, Thomas Olmsted’s in December 2008.
While Life Teen has yet to comment on the laicization, you can probably gage their response to it by reading their statement on Fushek’s excommunication.
While I have plenty of problems with Life Teen’s methodology, it is pretty clear that Fushek’s dismissal does not reflect on Life Teen at this point. However, it does raise other questions about the leadership of Catholic organizations and initiatives. When you take Fushek and Fr. Maciel together, you have a sense of what can happen when founding something goes to your head. Lets be sure to pray for the renewal of humble and obedient leadership in the Church. Of course, let us not forget to pray for Mr. Fushek and his victims as well.