March 15, 2005

Parishioner Reacts To Priest's Arrest


Patrice Walsh (Greece, nY ) 03/15/05 -- Some parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church in Greece say they support their priest, the Rev. Michael Volino, who has been accused of downloading child pornography. But, they are also angry at the Catholic Diocese of Rochester for the way it dealt with the priest's behavioral issues three years earlier.

It is a very emotional time for St. John's parishioners. While most say they are praying for Volino, they also wouldn't discuss the issue on camera.

Betty Bauman has been a member of the St. John the Evangelist for more than 50 years. The church is literally in her back yard. She cried when she talked about Volino's arrest.

"I feel so sorry for him. I admired him. He was a wonderful priest. He brought a lot of good to us," she said.

Posted by kshaw at March 15, 2005 06:58 AM