Religion: All For Love

An "intimate relationship" leads to an Archbishop's fall

The 1988 installation of Eugene Marino as U.S. Roman Catholicism's first black Archbishop was a proud moment for Atlanta and the church. But last May the Archbishop, 56, suddenly went on leave; a spokesman blamed "cardiac stress" and exhaustion. In July, Marino became one of the few Archbishops ever to resign, saying he needed "spiritual renewal, psychological therapy and medical supervision." Last week, however, the archdiocese confirmed reports that the real problem was Marino's involvement with Vicki Long, 27, through most of his brief reign.

James Lyke, a black bishop from Cleveland whom the Pope made interim administrator of the archdiocese,...

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