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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 11, 2005

Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark, March 1997: Clark also told the symposium that he had asked a priest in his diocese who had blessed "holy unions" of same-sex couples to stop doing so. "My concern is not so much the practice, but that [such ceremonies] communicate to the wider community that the issue is settled," he said. Both Gumbleton and Clark spoke optimistically about the church's ability to change its stand on same sex relationships.

Abuse webline poster, March 2003: I am in search of anyone with information about a Rev. Michael Volino, who is currently assigned to a parish in Rochester, NY (Greece) He is realyy creepy, ex. I belong to the parish where he is now, and my friend, an altarboy from his last parish still does mass here with him at my church. He kinda scares me cause he seems to have an unnatural liking to teens....what can I do. 'Nervous in Greece."

Rochester news story, March 2005: Federal authorities allege in court papers that a Rochester-area Catholic priest possessed child pornography and visited Web sites that trafficked in child pornography. The Rev. Michael Volino was charged this morning with interstate receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Child pornography was discovered by a technology specialist at the Diocese of Rochester who was repairing the 41-year-old priests computer. ...Volino is a priest at Saint John the Evangelist Church of Greece [NY]. The affidavit contends that Volino told the FBI that he had been involved in counseling for three years but had not stopped looking at child pornography.

fully cooperating with therapy

Probably just a coincidence. Right, Mike?

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 10:47 AM ET USA

    I can think of no greater justice to be derived from this than to see Bishop Clark found guilty of covering this up & removed even if it's for "health reasons". As someone who was raised in that diocese I know he has done more damage to the Faith in that diocese than anyone can possibly measure. Womyn priests, gay unions, gay adoptions, (hmmm?) inclusive language, glass ciboriums, chalices he's for it. Some years the diocese doesn't even ordain a single priest. What a shocker huh?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 8:26 AM ET USA

    Now that so many of our liberal Protestant and Episcopalian brothers (and sisters) have heeded the voice to trod the road of Satyricon back into pre-Christianity, would not their Excellencies like Gumbleton and Clark, perhaps Lynch, and his Eminence in LA, et al, along with legions of Enneagram priests and nuns, find fulfillment in association with Bishop Robsinson?