CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who is Father Mark Payne? Pastor of St. Monica and St. Eugene Parishes, Judicial Vicar of Archdiocese of Milwaukee | Catholic Priest Placed on Leave, Formal Canonical Investigation Initiated [#FatherMarkPayne #MarkPayne]
A Milwaukee priest who allegedly had a romantic public relationship with a layman was placed on administrative leave Friday while a formal canonical investigation into his behavior was launched.
The action comes only one day after The Pillar published an article about Milwaukee judicial vicar Fr. Mark Payne, who employed a guy with whom he had shared a condo for decades as a parish schoolteacher in 2022.
Father Mark Payne is the pastor of St. Monica and St. Eugene Parishes as well as the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee archdiocese informed The Pillar earlier this week that it had given the priest verbal warnings about his “lifestyle,” but did not say if it planned to launch canonical investigations into the priest’s behavior or utilize other canonical processes to address the issues.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee’s spokesperson told The Pillar on Wednesday that archdiocesan officials had “spoken with Fr. Payne about the necessity for clergy to live a lifestyle that avoids scandal and is faithful to their promises of ordination,” adding that “he has given assurances that he is faithful to his priestly vows and we have given him the opportunity to correct any perception that his lifestyle is inconsistent with the life of a priest.”
However, on December 1, the archdiocese delivered a communication to parishioners from Father Nathan Reesman, the archdiocese’s vicar for clergy, stating that Payne had been placed on immediate administrative leave, both as judicial vicar and as pastor of 2 local parishes.
Archbishop Listecki will “initiate a formal canonical investigation of the situation,” according to the statement, which was also forwarded to The Pillar.
The Milwaukee Archdiocese @archmil placed a high-ranking priest, Whitefish Bay pastor Fr. Mark Payne, on leave after international news site @PillarCatholic reported about allegations of Payne being in a relationship and hiring that man to teach in the school. pic.twitter.com/iIf4oet7ri
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) December 3, 2023
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