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Priest resigns over past ties to website for gay priests

DALLAS (AP) - A longtime priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas resigned from a new parish assignment amid complaints about his past involvement with an Internet site for gay priests.

The Rev. Arthur Mallinson drew brief media notice in 2002 for his connection to the Web site, which no longer exists.

He told the diocese he had contributed to the site - which used his picture - when its purpose was to support gay priests in a celibate lifestyle, said Annette Gonzales Taylor, spokeswoman for the diocese. He cut off his relationship with the site in 2001 after others began posting pornographic material, Taylor said.

The episode was resurrected on a widely circulated Internet posting after Mallinson's new assignment to St. Michael the Archangel Church in McKinney, north of Dallas. A "small faction" of McKinney parishioners contacted the diocese, but many more complaints came from around the country, Taylor said.

Taylor said Mallinson felt resigning "was in the best interest of the parish, his family and the diocese." He had been transferred from another parish where he had served for years.

Mallinson resigned in a brief letter to Bishop Kevin Farrell, Taylor said. She said Mallinson remains a priest in good standing with the diocese.

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