SAN BERNARDINO (AP)  — A Roman Catholic priest who runs a worldwide television ministry from a Southern California diocese has acknowledged a sexual relationship with his second cousin, who is the superintendent of a school district.

The San Bernardino Sun reported Wednesday that the Rev. Michael Manning told the newspaper he broke his vows of celibacy and says the relationship ended two years ago because of his feelings of guilt.

His cousin, 59-year-old Nancy Kotowski, called Manning a dear friend, but declined to discuss the relationship further.

Kotowski is Monterey County’s superintendent of schools.

Manning founded Wordnet, a nonprofit Catholic TV ministry that airs the show “The Word in the World” each week on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

John Andrews, a diocese spokesman, says Manning has sought forgiveness and the diocese supports him.

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Comments (8)
  1. Rea eyers says:

    I Love you Rev Manning and I’m glad you’re not perfect
    God Bless you and Keep you

  2. Whuuuuuut? A STRAIGHT priest? says:

    I’m just glad the affair was with a CHICK!

    1. mister s says:

      And an adult chick at that!

  3. Patricia says:

    I do not know why the Catholic Chruch will not let the preist get married..It is natural
    for a human wanting to be in a relationship.

  4. Thomas Forcade says:

    Hey,he’s not molesting some little kid!He’s just been boinking his cousin!At least he’s keeping it in the family,right?What a sick perverted world…man.

  5. jeff@cdm says:

    I’m Catholic and the bible says a man should have a wife. it would solve a lot of problems.

  6. Ron says:

    I’m atheist and common sense tells me that magical men don’t exist in the sky. Coming to our senses would solve a lot of problems.

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