FRESNO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) – California parishioners are urging their bishop to remove a homosexual priest from ministry due to his sordid track record.
Concerned Catholics at two parishes in Hanford, Immaculate Heart and St. Brigid, want Bp. Armando Ochoa of Fresno to stop reassigning Fr. Jean-Michael Lastiri and covering up his history, which includes:
Posting homosexual and inappropriate content on his YouTube channel
Frequenting gay online dating sites
Misappropriating thousands of dollars in parish funds
An intimate relationship with a felon, later convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing a boy
Not teaching the Catholic faith as handed down, among other things
To this end, the group has launched a new website called ChurchPurify.com in collaboration with another site, The Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF). This latter website has a remarkable history of reporting on clerical sex abuse for decades.
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