Local priest says Bishop changed the locks on his churches and residence


June 16, 2020

By Santiago Melli-Huber

Father Mark White, a priest with churches in Martinsville and Rocky Mount, says Reverend Barry Knestout, Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, sent a locksmith to change the locks on the doors of White’s churches and residences, as part of an ongoing battle between the two.

For months now, White has been in a fight with the Diocese of Richmond. The Bishop is trying to re-assign him as a prison chaplain, a direct result of White continuing to maintain his viral blog.

In the blog, White is often critical of the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse of minors. He uses the blog to call for more transparency from the Church about who helped cover it up.

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