January 05, 2005

Priest to undergo treatment

Kentucky Post

By Kevin Eigelbach
Post staff reporter

The pastor of one of Northern Kentucky's largest Roman Catholic churches will leave this week for out-of-state treatment to deal with problems involving women.

Rev. Mark Witte, pastor of St. Timothy in Union, told his congregation Sunday that he planned to resume his duties after he completed his treatment, subject to the approval of Covington Bishop Roger Foys.

"I am more committed to my vocation and to this work than I ever have been," he said.

Witte plans to enroll in a program at the New Life Institute in Virginia. He did so at the recommendation of the diocese's Committee for Addressing Sexual Misconduct.

The committee started investigating an allegation against Witte in November 2003.

Don Zalla, a Lakeside Park attorney, lodged a formal complaint against Witte, saying that Witte's actions contributed to the breakup of Zalla's 19-year marriage.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2005 05:46 PM