January 03, 2005

Priest on leave after probe

The Kentucky Post

By Stephenie Steitzer
Post staff reporter

A Diocese of Covington priest who was being investigated for inappropriate relations with women told his parish during weekend Masses that Bishop Roger Foys has asked him to take a leave of absence.

Rev. Mark Witte, pastor of St. Timothy Church in Union, told his parish he was going on a spiritual retreat and intended to return, parishioner Mike Vogt of Walton said.

Witte, who was previously investigated for an inappropriate relationship with a woman, has been under investigation by the diocese since December 2003.

Diocese spokesman Tim Fitzgerald confirmed Witte was asked by Foys and his advisers to take a leave of absence.

The bishop will later decide whether Witte would return to St. Timothy or be assigned to another position within the diocese.

Posted by kshaw at January 3, 2005 05:01 PM