Religion: Catholicism's Black Maverick

Amid charges of scandal, a breakaway priest seeks a bishopric

Until last year George Augustus Stallings Jr. was one of the most visible black priests in America's Roman Catholic Church. Today the flamboyant Washington preacher is the church's leading renegade. Stallings last July spurned church orders and formed his own African-American Catholic Congregation. This week he plans to push his defiance one step further by having himself consecrated a bishop. What's more, the 42-year-old priest has just become embroiled in scandal: a series in the Washington Post last week accused Stallings of questionable financial dealings and homosexual improprieties with three persons, one of them reportedly eleven years old when the relationship...

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