Should Pennsylvania’s Partying Episcopal Priest, Father Malia, be Defrocked?

These are the captions for five pictures that appear in the NY Daily News:

  1. gal_malia-1On the day the Episcopal church opened an investigation into his nightclub crawls, new pictures surfaced of a Pennsylvania priest getting his party on.
  2. The candid camera caught the Rev. Gregory Malia living it up with lithe lovelies at one of his favorite haunts, Pink Elephant.
  3. The photos came to light after a story about Malia’s extravagant spending in clubland prompted church elders to launch a probe.
  4. The Right Rev. Paul Marshall, bishop of the diocese of Bethlehem, Pa., turned over a dossier on Malia’s extra-clerical activities to a 10-person panel which will investigate and submit its finding to Marshall, who decides if Malia should be defrocked.
  5. Malia – who’s been booted from his parish and relieved of priestly duties until the probe is over – expects to be cleared.

Should he be defrocked?  He is entitled to his self-financed lifestyle as an individual. But do we want him serving as a priest? Do we want him representing the Episcopal Church?

Even if he is cleared, will any parish, mission or church organization want him? Maybe a mission to the club set. Here are the five pictures: Pennsylvania’s Partying Priest


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3 Responses to Should Pennsylvania’s Partying Episcopal Priest, Father Malia, be Defrocked?

  1. Pavel Krivitskiy says:

    John 8:7 was good enough for Jesus. It should be good enough for the critics of Fr. Malia.

    Is he a good pastor? Does he take care of his people?

    If the answer to these questions is “yes,” then the people who insist on attacking this man based on his preference for raucous partying as opposed to more sedate socializing are hypocrites.

    They also probably need to have the text of John 8:7 read out to them:

    “When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 (ISV 2008)

  2. Melissa says:

    Let me see, he would travel at night walk in and party and go on a shopping spree. He took a vow as a priest in the eyes of god. Seems to me he knew what he was doing. I can tell you as a christian I could never look at him the same. I will be thinking why should I give my last dollar when you have a millionaire at your mist. I say let the church decide what to do and leave it in gods hands. Money doesn’t buy you happiness and this leaves a bad taste in my mouth. In my eyes he would never be father Greg again.

  3. Andrew Reichart says:

    I guess I missed the part where it says “Thou shalt not party.”

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