Skip to comments.Msgr CLARK RESIGNS - *** BREAKING NEWS ***
Posted on 08/11/2005 10:33:01 AM PDT by NYer
The archdiocese of New York has just announced that Msgr. Clark's resignation from the Rectorate of St. Patrick's Cathedral has been accepted.
His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, has today accepted Monsignor Eugene Clarks resignation from his position as Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick. Although Monsignor Clark continues to deny the allegations against him, he offered his resignation for the good of Saint Patricks and the Archdiocese. He will not be celebrating Mass or the sacraments publicly until this matter has been resolved.
What in the world possesses them???
Was He was singing Troping trou for jesus?
I don't know this woman but I know I'd never sleep with a priest. Weird. She must be really needy or something.
The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation".
Troping trou. Hmmm.
Found it "D" it was hiding under the vomit from reading another thread
Oh, no, not him, too. A sad day.
Needy or wanting to 'rescue' him from his state of celibacy or whatever.
I'm not the spelling cops. I was just bustin. Maybe it came become another FR classic term. You've had a couple of those so far.
Maybe I am missing something, but I don't know what the person in that link was talking about. Yes, it's obviously worse to be guilty of pedophilia, but if your a priest and you are having an affair with a woman, I still think it's appropriate you get the boot. Have we lowered our standards that low, that having an affair is not that serious a breach? A priest caught doing this should be sent to a monastery. I find this "double standard" talk to be misguided. The fact that someone else committed a worse offense is no excuse.
Very sad. Maybe he'll be promoted to Rome. Sounds like they didn't need to cherchez la femme. If it was consensual, wonder why she turned him in, or did I get that wrong?
No, her husband caught them.
Well at least he was not playing with alter boys
did this happen in VA?
You were asking how a priest could afford a house in Amagansett. According to real estate records, the property is 1.3 acres. Also, he has owned the house for a very long time, so he may have inherited it, or bought it many years ago.
No, here in NW PA. We've had a very lib, amchurch kind of diocese for the last 20 or so years and longer if you count the place many of our priests hail from, and the fruits are evident. It seems, especially since the easing of rules and requirements in the 60's and 70's, that more and more of us know of priests who never really should have been priests or who were given a sort of Catholic-lite priesthood to follow and their faith sometimes faltered as a result. Luckily, we know many more good and faithful priests, but that's another story.
Probably needy, true; and probably also drawn to him by a "rock star" complex; he's the guy in charge, and that's apparently attractive to some women.
As for the priest, well that's easy. I once had the opportunity to look at some of the books in the library of a Msgr, and there were a surprising number about celibacy, its difficulties, and so on. The temptation is always there, and undoubtedly sharpened by trying to avoid it. There are all sorts of women around him, looking up to him, paying him lots of attention. It's probably difficult enough to stay celibate without a woman expressing interest in return.
There but for the grace of God go I, and I'm happily married....
Well I suspect we will not see him hosting that show on EWTN anymore.
The divorce is pending and it will get uglier.
Oh. My ex would have beat him up.
She looks like a mob mistress.
Oh, wait--she is a mob mistress...the Purple Mafia.
Bettinelli is right. Clark was a fool to get himself in this mess. Whatever happened to avoiding the near occasion of sin.
Oh. Again. Well, it's a shame. Many mortal sins there with some venial ones as well, I suppose.
It's a sad situation, and I'm not getting off on anybody's pain in this. May God be merciful and may they move ahead with their lives somehow, separately I would assume.
She can get an annulment and find somebody else perhaps, and he can move away and do something productive.
Too bad about the Jacuzzi. They aren't normal to me at all. Don't think I've ever been in one, closest was at a whirlpool at some health club I was a guest at. That life is not for me.
I'm with you, seamole. It seems to me that Msgr. Clark was caught in the crossfire of the DeFilippos' divorce.
Was that the incident where the mistress was wearing a red satin teddy, undulating on Cark's lap, and the 14 year-old walked in on them? I don't think they were in a jacuzzi. If so, that makes it even kinkier.
Someone high up should examine Clark's computer for pornography. He is a dirty old man, for sure.
Where's the original story?
No, according to the aunt the daughter walked in and her mom was sitting on his lap in a satin teddy. For what it's worth...he had or has prostate cancer as well.
I read both the NY Post and the NY Daily News. The incident you refer to was in NYPost.
It was a hotel in Amagansett, not his house. Unless the story has changed.
You said it.
NY Daily News....Beauty and the Priest. Tale of the Tape. full story on pages 4-5
Why check in to a hotel when you are the sole owner of a house nearby?
Where did you get the husband caught them. The aunt and husband said the daughter walked in when she was sitting on his lap in a teddy. Now, I live in NY and I have the papers right here, if you have something different post-it cause I haven't seen that yet.
I think he/she is referring to the video that the undercover investigator had on them going to and leaving the motel.
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St. Pat's rector accused of trysts with secretary
BY BARBARA ROSS, ADAM LISBERG and CORKY SIEMASZKO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
At the White Sands Motel in Amagansett
Msgr. Eugene Clark
Laura DeFilippo leaving court yesterday.
The Archdiocese of New York is looking into explosive allegations that a top priest who publicly railed against our "sex-saturated society" had a long-term affair with his married church secretary.
Msgr. Eugene Clark allegedly romanced 46-year-old Laura DeFilippo at his Hamptons home and a Long Island motel, according to police and court records.
Questioned yesterday by a Daily News reporter at a Montauk restaurant where Clark and DeFilippo have been seen noshing, the 79-year-old rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral denied he and DeFilippo were lovers.
"Not true," Clark said outside the Surfside Inn.
The accusations against Clark were brought by DeFilippo's husband, Philip, who had an investigator tail the duo to a Hamptons motel - videotaping them last month arriving together and then checking out several hours later.
And in signed statements to Eastchester Police in Westchester County, Philip DeFilippo, his 14-year-old daughter and his wife's sister all describe how the teen allegedly found her mother "sitting on [Clark's] lap wearing a satin teddy."
The girl told police she ran to her room where her mother "yelled at me, convincing me that I didn't see what I saw, and it wasn't what I thought. She told me that he had prostate cancer, and I couldn't tell anyone what I saw or I would be in trouble."
Clark has retained high-powered defense attorney Laura Brevetti, who called the allegations "contrived" and added, "there is nothing to them."
"Msgr. Clark is deeply upset and saddened that innocent events have been distorted and sensationalized causing harm and public embarrassment to Mrs. DeFilippo and her children," she said in a statement.
The archdiocese was unaware of the allegations until The News called Monday seeking comment.
Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said "we only learned about this last night [Monday], and we have been speaking to Msgr. Clark today to get to the bottom of this," he said.
Laura DeFilippo's lawyer, Michael Berger, called the allegations "baseless" and said her husband was making a "desperate attempt to coerce her to accept her husband's outrageous demands in their matrimonial action."
The developments came as Westchester County Family Court Judge Kathie Davidson granted Philip DeFilippo's request for an order of protection against his wife.
In a statement to police, Philip DeFilippo said that when he told his wife that he had a videotape of her at a motel with Clark, she threatened to "stab me with a scissor or a knife."
Davidson said DeFilippo will be barred from her Eastchester home until Aug. 22, by which time a guardian will have had a chance to question the couple's two children.
She did not speak at the hearing.
Clark hired DeFilippo straight out of high school and presided over her marriage to Philip in Yonkers 20 years ago. She now earns between $70,000 and $100,000 from the archdiocese, her husband said.
"It's the perfect cover," DeFilippo's husband told The News.
Philip DeFilippo, who filed for divorce last week citing adultery as one of the grounds for his action, said Clark was a close family friend and frequently invited them to spend summer weekends at his Amagansett, L.I., home.
"He's a charming, dapper, blue-eyed, suave, quick-witted, fast-talking charmer," he said.
Philip DeFilippo became suspicious when his wife began working late into the night at the Madison Ave. rectory and balked at joining a family vacation at Disney World.
He said Clark took her to Lisbon and to the exclusive Caribbean island of St. Bart's.
When he eventually confronted his wife, she replied: "What are you worried about? He's a priest ... an elderly priest!"
Last month, Philip DeFilippo said he had a private eye tail Clark and his wife to the White Sands Motel in Amagansett. The investigator videotaped the monsignor going into the office.
The Daily News viewed the videotape. After a two-hour brunch on the porch of the nearby Surfside Inn, Clark, dressed in a white polo shirt, was seen wheeling a small black suitcase into the White Sands Motel. His secretary, dressed in short white shorts and a matching top with spaghetti straps, followed him inside with an orange tote bag over her shoulder.
When they emerged about five hours later, the video showed Clark and DeFilippo wearing different outfits.
Originally published on August 10, 2005
I found it.
DeFilippo should have DNA tests done on his kids. They may be in line to inherit that Amagansett house and Clark's other assets.
I didn't read the Post today...i'll check it out.
-recent related story posted on FR -may be the 'original'...
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