ABC13News Father Mark White
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WSET) —It has now been a year since Father Mark White led his parishioners during Catholic Mass.
Bishop Barry Knestout removed Father White from overseeing parishes in Martinsville and Rocky Mount in 2020.
“A lot of us Catholics have lost respect for the upper level of leadership but I don’t think that makes us bad Catholics,” said Father White.
White’s battle with Bishop Knestout started with a blog.
He used it to shine a light on sex allegations against the Cardinal who ordained him.
Knestout ordered White to take down the blog.
“His position is that I have failed in respect towards the hierarchy of the church in what I had to say about the way the sex abuse has been handled,” said Father White.
When that didn’t happen, he was suspended from his priestly duties.
“We love the church and we’re seeing there are things that need to change as far as the way leadership handles things. That isn’t disrespectful, I don’t think, to try and communicate about that,” said Father White.
Still unable to lead Mass, White’s fight for his faith continues.
Bishop Knestout is now attempting to strip White of his position with the Catholic Church.