Church burns altar where priest had sex with two women, Louisiana archbisohp says
A Catholic church in Pearl River, Louisiana has burned the altar where its former pastor was caught having sex with two women.
"His behavior was obscene, his desecration of the altar is demonic," said Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, who consecrated a new altar in church on Sunday, reports WVUE.
Former pastor of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Travis Clark, has been removed from service and is no longer on the diocese's payroll, according to WDSU.
Clark, 37, was arrested for profanity with Mindy Dixon and Melissa Cheng on Sept. 30 after a passer-by reported seeing sex on the church altar, the New Orleans attorney reported.
The police reportedly confiscated sex toys, stage lights and two recording devices from inside the church.
Attorney Bradley Phillips, who represents Dixon and Cheng, called their arrest "appalling" and said they were involved in consensual sex with an adult out of the public eye, the New Orleans attorney reported.
Aymond notified the congregation at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Sunday that the previous altar had been removed and burned, WVUE reported.
"The church is a very sacred place," Aymond said on Sunday, WDSU reported. "If a church has been used for unholy things and has been desecrated, we must drive out the evil spirit, and that is what we do today."
Church goers said they would pray for Clark.
"He had a moment of weakness, we still love him, we will still support him, we will still pray for him and ask God for what he did and we have a sincere and sad heart," said Steve Fecke, reported WVUE.
Lawyers for priestly sexual abuse victims protested in front of the church before the Sunday service, WDSU reported.
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