|Priest Accused of Porn May Have Been Protecting Confessional Seal
October 4, 2010
A priest who was fired from his teaching post at a Pennsylvania Catholic college and suspended from ministry may have been protecting the seal of confession, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Father Mark Gruber was dismissed last year by St. Vincent College after pornography was found on his computer. But a young man has now told police that he downloaded pornography onto the priest’s computer and later confessed to Father Gruber. The young man argues that the priest accepted responsibility for the pornography in order to protect the integrity of the confessional seal.
Father Gruber—who has sued St. Vincent College for defamation—never directly denied using pornography, school officials have noted. An attorney for the college points out that the priest could still bear responsibility for some of the images on his computer.
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