Priest of Filipino descent may be defrocked due to porn

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2011 11:36 AM | Updated as of Dec 31 2011 08:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A priest of Filipino descent in Worcester, Massachusetts faces removal from priesthood after he was charged of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish.

An Associated Press report said that Rev. Lowe Dongor was accused of stealing $40 to $60 from St. Joseph Parish in Fitchburg on several occasions. Images of preteen girls were also reportedly found on his computer during service.

Following Vatican officials’ “clarification” that child pornography possession is included in the grounds for removal from the priesthood, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has asked the pope to defrock Dongor.

Dongor denied the allegations.

He was suspended from the ministry and it is believed that he fled to the Philippines.