OMAHA, Neb. — An associate pastor at an Omaha Catholic school has been fired after church officials say he asked middle school students whether they watched pornography or masturbated.

A letter sent Monday to parents of students at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School said the priest last week had asked seventh- and eighth-graders those questions during confession.

A Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha spokesman told the Omaha World-Herald that the 26-year-old priest was ordained in June and is inexperienced. Spokesman Tim McNeil says the priest was overzealous and made a lapse in judgment in questioning the students.

The priest was fired Friday, a day after the inappropriate questions were asked.

McNeil says no decision has been made about the priest’s next assignment, and there’s no effort to remove him from the priesthood.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com