USC chaplain resigns
According to an Archdiocesan official, the investigation into this serious allegation revealed that other persons had come forward with "related" complaints about the priest. The Church official added that "... the investigation also revealed violations of Church and University policies regarding alcohol that had nothing to do with the original report of misconduct." In view of what will likely be a somewhat lengthy investigation, sources say that Father Messenger has elected to resign his post as pastor while making no admission of guilt regarding the allegations of inappropriate conduct.
There is no mention on the part of the Archdiocesan official of any violation of Church teaching. On that score Messenger is beyond a doubt guilty. For over a decade and apparently with Cardinal Mahony's blessing, Father Messenger has openly dissented from Church teaching through his preaching and by way of the official "USC Catholic Community" webpage.
Related links ...
Bill Cork on Messenger.
Messenger on celibacy.
Messenger on the conclave.
Messenger on how best to observe Lent.
Mahony and Messenger enjoying wine and quesadillas.