Archbishop consecrates new altar at church where a priest, 37, recorded himself ...

The Archbishop of New Orleans has consecrated a new altar at a Pearl River church after its predecessor was burned amid allegations a priest allegedly recorded himself performing sexual acts on it with two corset-clad dominatrices.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond appeared at Saints Peter and Paul Church to sanctify its new altar on Saturday, having ordered the old one be removed and ritually burned earlier this week.

Aymond also hit out at Rev. Travis Clark's 'demonic' behaviour, following the 37-year-old’s arrest for allegedly hosting a threesome with Mindy Dixon and Melissa Cheng, both professional dominatrices, in the church on September 30.

‘His behavior was obscene. The desecration of this church and the altar is demonic - demonic,’ Aymond said from the pulpit. ‘There is no excuse for what took place here. It is sinful, and it is totally unacceptable.’

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond appeared at Saints Peter and Paul Church to sanctify its new altar on Saturday, having ordered the old one be removed and ritually burned earlier this week

Archbishop Gregory Aymond appeared at Saints Peter and Paul Church to sanctify its new altar on Saturday, having ordered the old one be removed and ritually burned earlier this week

Aymond also hit out at Rev. Travis Clark's 'demonic' behaviour, following the 37-year-old’s arrest for allegedly hosting a threesome with Mindy Dixon and Melissa Cheng, both professional dominatrices, in the church on September 30

Aymond also hit out at Rev. Travis Clark's 'demonic' behaviour, following the 37-year-old’s arrest for allegedly hosting a threesome with Mindy Dixon and Melissa Cheng, both professional dominatrices, in the church on September 30

Dixon describes herself as 'the embodiment of sin exquisitely crafted into flesh and bone'

Melissa Cheng, 23, traveled from Atlanta for their 'session'

Mindy Dixon, 41, (left) and 23-year-old Melissa Cheng (right) traveled to Pearl River, Louisiana, for the steamy session with Reverend Travis Clark, 37

Aymond also accused Clark of being ‘unfaithful to his vocation’ and violating ‘his commitment to celibacy and also he was using that which was holy to do demonic things.’ 

The alleged tryst was uncovered when a passerby, who noticed the church’s lights on after hours, peered through a window of the holy building.

The witness saw the scantily clad women in corsets and the priest partially clothed. Stage lighting, sex toys, and a cellphone on a tripod were also said to be on the stage.

The authorities were called and all three people involved were charged with obscenity for engaging in sex in a place open to public view. The altar was reportedly visible through the window.

While condemning Clark’s alleged sexual exploits, Aymond asked the congregation not to judge the church or priesthood as a whole by Clark’s actions.

The Archbishop continued by reiterating the church is a holy place, and said that when it is used for unholy things ‘and has been desecrated, we must drive away the evil spirit, That is what we do today.’

‘This is a new altar,’ he continued. ‘It is a gift from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to remind you how much we care for you and how sorry we are that you had to go through this very, very difficult time.’

Aymond then introduced Rev. Carol Shirima, and said the new pastor will ‘become the father of this family’.

Outside the church, members of the congregation said they would be following Aymond’s urgence to not rush to judgement.

‘I believe one man does not define our Catholic faith. One man doesn't define our church parish or congregation. We also acknowledge Fr. Travis as a human being. We're all sinful. We all have our demons we struggle with,’ Steve Fecke told 4WWL.

‘His behavior was obscene. The desecration of this church and the altar is demonic - demonic,’ Aymond said from the pulpit. ‘There is no excuse for what took place here. It is sinful, and it is totally unacceptable'

‘His behavior was obscene. The desecration of this church and the altar is demonic - demonic,’ Aymond said from the pulpit. ‘There is no excuse for what took place here. It is sinful, and it is totally unacceptable'

Rev Travis Clark was arrested after allegedly recording himself in a S&M session in church

Rev. Travis Clark (pictured)  was arrested after allegedly recording himself in a S&M session on an altar inside a church in Pearl River, Louisiana

A passerby noticed the lights in the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church (pictured)

A passerby noticed the lights in the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church (pictured)

Mindy Dixon

Melissa Cheng

Cheng and Dixon (pictured in their mugshots) insist that they were innocent because all parties were adults and the incident too place behind closed doors on private property - and that it was the passerby who looked in who was to blame  

In a recorded statement Saturday, Aymond addressed a second scandal that involving local priest Rev. Pat Wattigny, who recently confessed to sexually abusing a minor.

'Regarding Pat Wattigny, when he informed us of the sexual abuse of a minor, which occurred in December 2013, I immediately removed him from ministry, reported it to civil authorities and made a public announcement,' he said.

In a recorded statement Saturday, Aymond addressed a second scandal that involving local priest Rev. Pat Wattigny (above), who recently confessed to sexually abusing a minor.

In a recorded statement Saturday, Aymond addressed a second scandal that involving local priest Rev. Pat Wattigny (above), who recently confessed to sexually abusing a minor.

According to Aymond, church officials in February received copies of messages exchanged between Wattigny and a student at Pope John Paul II High School.

They addressed the messages and Wattigny stopped communication.

'While not sexual in nature, our technology policy forbids this type of communication,' he added.

But church officials later received a report that communication between Wattigny and the child had resumed.

Wattigny was asked to step down as the high school's chaplain for violating the technology policy, ordered to undergo a series of psychological exams and attend

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