Sex scandal priest quits

Adlington St Paul's Church 125th anniversary'Rev David Morgan
Adlington St Paul's Church 125th anniversary'Rev David Morgan
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A POPULAR Chorley priest has resigned after admitting having an inappropriate sexual relationship.

The shocked congregation at St Paul’s Church, in Railway Road, Adlington, were told during this week’s Sunday service that the Rev David Morgan had left the parish.

The full details weren’t given, but members of the church were told it related to ‘past sexual liaisons’.

There’s no suggestion that he has done anything illegal but it was decided that his behaviour fell short of that expected of a clergyman.

Rev Morgan, who had been at Adlington for 25 years and is in his late 60s, wasn’t married and it’s understood he’s now left his home at the Vicarage on Railway Road, Adlington.

In a statement, the Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Nicholas Reade, said: “The Reverend David Morgan has admitted having past sexual liaisons which are contrary to the behaviour expected of priests within the Church of England, and he has accepted a rebuke by consent.

“He has now signed a Deed of Resignation which will be effective from 30 June 2011.”

The spokesman refused to comment on the nature of the sexual liaisons, but insisted that Rev Morgan had no further links with the parish and said he had left the area.

It’s understood that before Sunday’s bombshell announcement, the church authorities had conducted a thorough investigation.

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