January 04, 2005

Priest Admits Affairs With Women

Ohio News Network

A Diocese of Covington priest is stepping down from his job to get professional help for having sex with women.

Bishop Roger Foys released a letter to FOX19 that will be read during mass this coming weekend. The letter spells out the status of Father Mark Witte.

Witte, the now former pastor at St. Timothy's in Union, has admitted to more than one affair with female parishioners. Witte will be admitted into a residential treatment facility. His status after that is not being discussed publicly.

The priest faced allegations of breaking up a family in 2003 before leaving his post at Blessed Sacrament in Ft. Mitchell. A spokeswoman for a Tri-State priest abuse survivors network says Witte should be removed permanently from the priesthood. Christy Miller says he's abused the trust of the church and the families of those he had sexual relations with.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2005 12:37 PM