NJ Faith Forum Editor
When will it end?
The wave of sexual scandals in the U.S. Catholic Church is rolling on and on and on.
Yet another sordid story has surfaced. And I’m not even talking about the female Catholic schoolteacher accused of improper sexual behavior with four teenage boys at Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie, N.Y.
This time, a prominent Manhattan priest has been accused of having an affair with his secretary, the New York Times and several other media outlets are reporting.
The priest, Monsignor Eugene V. Clark, 79, resigned his post as rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday (Aug. 11), The Journal News reported. In any Catholic diocese, the cathedral is the bishop’s church. But the rector runs the church on behalf of the bishop -- in this case Cardinal Edward Egan. Clark will not be allowed to say Mass until the Archdiocese of New York has completed an investigation.
The accusations came to light in court papers filed by Philip DeFilippo of Westchester County, N.Y. DeFilippo says he has a videotape showing his wife, Lauren, 46, and the priest checking into and out of a Long Island motel. Stills from the video have appeared on television news programs. Ironically, Clark performed the couple’s wedding 20 years ago. DeFilippo is in the process of divorcing his wife.
Lauren DeFilippo and Clark deny the allegations.
Clark frequently appears on the Catholic television network EWTN. The network has placed Clark's program on hiatus.
In 2002, Clark argued that immorality prevalent in U.S. society was largely to blame for the priest pedophilia scandal. He also faulted seminaries for admitting gay men.
To read EWTN press release about Clark, click below.
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