Priest in Web Scandal Sent out of State
Associated Press, carried in Portland Press Herald (Maine)
March 17, 2000
A Roman Catholic priest accused of launching a sexually explicit Web site for gay priests has been sent to an out-of-state program to decide if he wants to remain in the priesthood, officials said Thursday.
The Rev. John Harris of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sabattus is accused of masterminding a Web site shut down two months ago by order of Bishop Joseph Gerry of the Portland diocese, diocese spokesman Marc Mutty said. Harris started the Web site, "St. Sebastian's Angels," last summer.
Harris, 45, and two other Maine priests also participated in an e-mail discussion group that included sexually explicit language.
One of the priests, the retired Rev. Antonin Caron of Lewiston, has been barred from conducting church functions in public as a result, Mutty said. He said the third priest did not participate often in the discussion group, and was uncertain about any penalty he might face. Mutty would not name the priest.
"The bishop is shocked and obviously very upset about this," Mutty told reporters Thursday. The diocese has not yet decided what will happen to Harris when he returns to Maine, Mutty said.
Although the site was shut down, part of its contents posted on the Web site of a Catholic watchdog group showed, among other things, naked men and a close-up of a man's genitals.
Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems