Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 1, 2018 / 16:53 pm
A married Catholic priest in the Indianapolis archdiocese faces several criminal domestic violence charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife in September 2017.
The priest serves the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, a special church jurisdiction set up for Anglicans who wished to enter the Catholic Church, often as a group, while retaining many of their customs. Because they come from the Anglican tradition, some priests in the ordinariate are married.
The ordinariate said in a statement that it is "committed to collaborating with authorities to ensure justice is provided for all concerned, and affirms the Catholic Church's clear teaching that domestic violence is never justified," the Indianapolis television station FOX59 reports.
Father Luke W. Reese, 49, is charged with kidnapping, criminal confinement, intimidation, and domestic battery in a Sept. 24 incident after he allegedly discovered his wife was having an affair.