LAST CALL: Bayou priest isn't a man of the cloth

Even if the Catholic priesthood wasn't battling a sex abuse scandal, it probably still wouldn't be smart PR for one of its members to go shirtless in public.

Even if the Catholic priesthood wasn't battling a sex abuse scandal, it probably still wouldn't be smart PR for one of its members to go shirtless in public.

But at last year's Mardi Gras, the hedonism got the better of the Rev. Thomas Bouterie, a pastor from Bayou Blue, Louisiana. While partying in the presence of a drag queen and a bunch of beefcakes in biking shorts, the man of the cloth took it all (well, half of it) off - a moment captured in a new coffee table book entitled Masking and Madness.

Bouterie was forced to resign, but he is not without supporters. "If Jesus came to Mardi Gras, where would he be?

parishioner Richard Luquette asked the AP. "I have a feeling he would be right there."

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