Louisiana Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Arrested in Georgia

Police in Georgia have arrested Roman Catholic priest Patrick Wattigny on a St. Tammany Parish warrant accusing him of sexually abusing a minor while he was leading a Slidell church, authorities said Friday. Wattigny’s arrest comes a little more than three weeks after he allegedly admitted to the Archdiocese of New Orleans that he had … Read more

Priest Recorded Having Group Sex on Altar

The lights inside Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River were on later than usual on Sept. 30, so a passerby stopped to take a closer look. Peering inside, the onlooker saw the small parish’s pastor half-naked having sex with two women on the altar, according to court documents. The women were … Read more

Archdiocese of New Orleans To File Bankruptcy

New Orleans Becomes 23rd US Diocese To Declare Bankruptcy. The Archdiocese of New Orleans is preparing to file for bankruptcy, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday evening, as the mounting cost of unresolved clergy-abuse lawsuits and the shutdown of church services due to the coronavirus deliver crushing blows to church finances. The 227-year-old … Read more

Former New Orleans Deacon Jailed on Abuse Charge

A former Roman Catholic deacon who was removed from the ministry in 1988 over multiple accusations of child molestation was jailed early Saturday on allegations that he raped a preteen boy and wrote him love letters roughly four decades ago. It was the first arrest of a clergyman in New Orleans on a sex-abuse charge … Read more