Pearl River church’s altar removed, burned after priest, dominatrices allegedly had sex on it

Times-Picayune and Advocate

October 8, 2020

By Ramon Antonio Vargas and Sara Pagones

[Includes video statement by Archbishop Aymond about Clark and Wattigny.]

Amid news that a Pearl River priest was caught recording himself in group sex with two dominatrices on his church altar, an enraged Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Friday characterized the priest’s actions as “demonic” and said he had the altar burned.

“It is a very tough time right now to be a Catholic in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to say the least,” Aymond said in a video message addressed to parishioners and posted on the archdiocese’s website, in response to questions from WWL television.

“Many people feel anger, betrayal and disappointment, and I feel the same way, as do my brother priests,” he said. “What has happened concerning Pat Wattigny and Travis Clark is unacceptable. It’s sinful, and it cannot be tolerated. Let me be clear: Both were removed from ministry immediately and will never serve again in Catholic ministry.”

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