A Galway priest has been placed on indefinite leave after posting videos on social media featuring innuendo and joked about playing songs like 'Highway to Hell' at a funeral Mass.
In a statement to be read to parishioners in Gort this weekend, Bishop Brendan Kelly refers to “upsetting information” regarding 44-year-old curate Fr Michael King.
He confirms the priest is “on indefinite leave from all duties” and will be absent from the parish “for the foreseeable future”.
The Irish Examiner reports that the move follows the publication of a number of videos by Fr King on the social media platform TikTok, in which he appears topless and alludes to sex and alcohol.
Fr King, who is from Renmore, was ordained in 2016 and had been a curate for the parish of Gort in the south of the county before being placed on indefinite leave.