Bishop Apologizes in Case of Priest with Child Pornography

WSTM [Rochester NY]
March 19, 2005

ROCHESTER, N.Y. The Catholic bishop of Rochester says he and the diocese "erred very badly" in the case of a priest accused of having child pornography.

Bishop Matthew Clark apologized to the community and Saint John the Evangelist Church in suburban Greece.

Father Michael Volino of that parish was assigned to pastoral work after a church-run psychiatric center recommended that he

be restricted from ministry involving children. Volino was charged last week with receiving and possessing child pornography after the images were found on his computer. There were no allegations that he abused any children.

Volino has been confined to a monastery in Elmira pending a federal trial.

Bishop Clark says in the future he'll have people available who understand the language of psychiatric evaluations, and can translate them clearly.