Wife Sues Priest, Portland Diocese
Suit Claims Cleric, Husband Had Affair
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 7, 1994
ROCKLAND — A wife has filed suit against a Catholic priest charging that he stole the affections of her husband. The priest, Father Christian Roy, had ministered to parishes in Thomaston, Rockland and Belfast.
The suit was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court last week by Ann Wilkie. Named in the suit are Father Roy and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
Wilkie charged that Roy engaged in a sexual relationship with her husband, William Wilkie, during a period when the priest was counselingthe couple for marital difficulties. Wilkie's suit states that the couple went to Roy to help her husband deal with his homosexual tendencies.
Roy served at St. James parish in Thomaston and St. Bernard's Church in Rockland from May 1986 through July 1991. He then was transferred to St. Francis of Assisi in Belfast. He left that parish in 1993 and is believed to reside now in Massachusetts where he is no longer serving as a priest, according to a report published about the case in the Courier-Gazette.
During the period in 1992 when Wilkie and her husband were being counseled by Roy and she was studying to convert to Catholicism, the priest hired Wilkie's husband as janitor at St. Francis. The Wilkies divorced in December 1993.
Wilkie claimed that she was rebuffed by the Auxiliary Bishop of Maine, Amedee Proulx, when she informed him of Roy's conduct.
Frederick Moore, attorney for the diocese, has denied the charges but declined to discuss the case.
"Father Roy's conduct constitutes extreme, outrageous, atrocious and intolerable conduct which exceeds all bounds of decency," Wilkie states in her lawsuit.
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