Update: Priest, Dominatrices 'Defile a House of God' Oct 9, 2020 9:44:01 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 9, 2020 9:44:01 GMT -5
Priest, Dominatrices ‘Defile a House of God’
On the evening of Wednesday, September 30, an individual passing Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River, Louisiana, noticed there were lights on in the nave. Curious as to what was going on at such a late hour, he paused to look through a window and got the shock of his life.
There were what appeared to be spotlights on the altar, where the Reverend Travis Clark, partially-dressed in his vestments, was attended by two women outfitted in corsets and high-heeled boots. In addition to the scantily-clad trio, there was an array of sex toys and the unholy rites were being recorded by a cellphone mounted on a tripod. The witness used his own cellphone to verify what he had seen and called police.
Officers determined the sexual activity was consensual and the participants were adults, however, the three were arrested on charges of obscenity because their activities were in full view of the public – or at least to those who happened to be peeping through church house windows.
The two women, 41-year-old Mindy Dixon (above right), an adult film actress and dominatrix, and Melissa Cheng, 23, also a dominatrix, told police they had been hired to film a role-playing session with the priest. Later, it was discovered that the day before, Dixon created a social media post indicating she was going to New Orleans to “defile a house of God.”
Clark, age 30, was ordained in 2013 and had been pastor of Saints Peter and Paul since last year. He also was recently appointed chaplain of Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell following the resignation of the Rev. Pat Wattigny after it was learned he had exchanged inappropriate texts with a student. Wattigny later admitted to having sexually abused a minor in 2013.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans suspended Clark immediately after his arrest and Archbishop Greg Aymond took steps to restore the sanctity of the church by burning the altar where the unholy acts took place. “His desecration of the altar was demonic,” Aymond insisted. “I am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow.” Later in a video statement, the Archbishop added, “We have many good priests and I regret that they are embarrassed by the actions of a few.”
Clark is currently free on a $25,000 bond, but could face up to three years in prison.
Saints Peter and Paul’s parishioners are understandably disturbed by the incident, as are other members of the community. “What upsets me is why did he have to do that there?” Kat Walsh, a member of the town council, asked. “I’m upset for all of us, the parishioners of the church. Why there?”
Sources: Brie Stimson, Fox News, October 9, 2020; The Catholic World Report, October 9, 2020; Ben Feuerherd, The New York Post, October 8, 2020; Bob D'Angelo, WFTV, October 8, 2020; and WWL-TV.