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Defrocked, Nadi Priest Stripped Of Status Over Sex Video

The Catholic Church of Fiji has stripped a Nadi priest of his “Father” status after a video went viral showing him engaged in sexual acts with a church member. Archbishop
07 Nov 2014 12:57
Defrocked, Nadi Priest Stripped Of Status Over Sex Video

The Catholic Church of Fiji has stripped a Nadi priest of his “Father” status after a video went viral showing him engaged in sexual acts with a church member.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong yesterday confirmed that a priest of Mount Saint Mary’s in Nadi had been removed from office.

Archbishop Chong said the moment the Church was made aware of the video they “did not sweep the matter under the carpet” and action against the priest was taken immediately.

“We know about that incident. Once we got the news, we have a policy on how to deal with such cases. The priest has been removed from office.”

Archbishop Chong said although the video showed two consenting adults engaged in sexual activities, it was against the ethics of the Church.

Catholic priests live a life of celibacy. It means they are not married and have no other sexual relations.

They are supposed to be totally committed to serving God, the Church and their work as priests.

Archbishop Chong said: “We do not condone these kinds of activities. The priest is from Marist Fathers group and the Marist Fathers have already started the process to remove his priest status and to make him a lay man again.

“The priest has also agreed to this.”

Archbishop Chong said the church had clear guidelines on sexual abuse and sexual-related cases. He said nothing but the best was expected of all their priests.

He said that in January, there would be a priests meeting where the guidelines and the Church’s expectations would be reinforced to all priests.

The disgraced priest had shot a video of him and the Church member on his mobile phone.

It is understood the priest left his phone at a nightclub after a night of drinking. The phone was found by some employees of the club.

The video has since gone viral.

The issue of clergymen falling from grace for sexual misconduct is not confined to the Catholic Church. Other churches have had their share of similar cases.

The Nadi priest broke a church law not a Fijian law.

Some months ago  the leader of another Christian church was released after serving a prison term for sexual assault.

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