LEXINGTON, Ky. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop John Stowe of the diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, has accepted the resignation of the diocese's recent vocations director and a parish pastor following allegations of sexual misconduct by seminarians. Questions linger as to why he was allowed to remain on as pastor for a month after the first allegation.
One month after Fr. Alan Carter was removed as the vocations director for the diocese for an allegation of sexual misconduct by a seminarian, a second seminarian stepped forward with an allegation that has led to Carter's removal as pastor.
In a letter dated Oct. 15, Stowe accepted Fr. Carter's resignation as pastor after allegations from two seminarians:
On Friday, Oct. 11, Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., accepted the resignation of Father Alan Carter as pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Danville. The move followed an allegation about Father Carter brought by a seminarian of the diocese. Last month, Father Carter stepped down as vocations director of the diocese following an allegation from around the time of his ordination also brought forward by a seminarian. Neither allegation involved a minor.
"Please pray for those who have brought forth complaints, for Father Alan, the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul, and all who are affected," said Bishop Stowe. "This is very painful for us all. Let us continue to pray for healing in our Church."
Once asked about his hobbies on a radio show of which he was one of the hosts, Carter talked about his love of entertainment, coloring books and Bonsai trees:
Movies. I heart movies. New ones and old ones. Funny ones and sad ones. I love them all... I guess I'm really sort of 'addicted' to stories now that I think about it. Great TV shows (Downton Abbey), great books (the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, the Bond books, most John Grisham books, for example.) I also really enjoy coloring - that's right - coloring! I have several coloring books and enjoy the quiet moment in a day when I can take an hour and color. (Crazy, right?) I've enjoy[ed] the challenge of nurturing Bonsai trees and trying to keep plants alive and thriving - and I'm a coffee shop enthusiast. (If no one knows where I am, chances are you can go looking for me in a coffee shop and find me there.)
In addition to serving as the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul and vocations director for the diocese, Carter was re-elected as president of the St. Meinrad Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2017. He also served as an adjunct spiritual director for the seminary.
In the interview for the radio show in which he was a host, Carter concluded:
There's nothing more amazing than life lived as a Great Adventure. That old Steven Curtis Chapman song captures the joy and challenge of this great gift God has given us called life. There are mountaintops and valleys — there are straight level stretches and treacherous, crooked passages too. "God draws straight with crooked lines" after all. But when we live all of that as an amazing adventure, it becomes simply amazing. "Saddle up your horses . ..we've got a trail to blaze . ..through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace..."
Bishop Stowe has a reputation for advancing LGBT ideology, and is a member of the Association of United States Catholic Priests, an organization that pushes for women priests and promotes an LGBT agenda.
Stowe's composition of an LGBT prayer for "Pride Month" in June earned him praise on Twitter from the LGBT activist Fr. James Martin:
Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, @BpStowe has written this new prayer to be distributed this weekend at #PrideMonth events by the Catholic LGBTQ Ministry and Fortunate Families in Lexington. pic.twitter.com/wKsiDToTSQ— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 28, 2019
In an op-ed published in January, Stowe prematurely blasted the Covington students at the March for Life when mainstream media tried to demonize them as racists by manipulating video footage. Stowe wrote: "I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest."
Stowe also attacked Church Militant as "pharisees and scribes" after a 2016 report exposing the bishop's participation at dissident pro-LGBT group New Ways Ministry's conference in Chicago.
Church Militant reached out to the diocese of Lexington to clarify why Carter was removed as vocation director but permitted to remain pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul until a second allegation surfaced but received no response as of press time.
As of Thursday, Carter was still listed as the pastor on the parish website for Ss. Peter and Paul.
Church Militant also reached out to St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for comment but received no response as of press time.