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Priest poses nude for fundraising calendar
    The Bishop of the Irish diocese of Galway has said he was 'surprised and dismayed' to discover that one of his priests had posed nude for a charity fund-raising calendar.
    The Irish Independent reports that yesterday an apology from 'good-looking' 27-year-old Fr Olan Rynn was to be read at all masses in the curate's parish.
    The calendar portrayed Fr Rynn dressed only in his clerical collar, with a Bible covering his genitals.
    His bishop, Dr James McLoughlin, said the young priest had made an 'error of judgment', and the offending photograph is being withdrawn following representation.
    He said that he had given Fr Rynn permission to appear in 'a fund-raising calendar', but "I did not appreciate the type of calendar which was envisaged".
    He added that Fr Rynn is "a valued priest of the diocese and is in good standing with me as his bishop".
Irish Independent
   
8-Jan-01