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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
YouTube rant priest sent on leave
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The footage was viewed by thousands of people on YouTube
A Roman Catholic priest in Australia, whose foul-mouthed rant at a group of skateboarders was filmed and put on YouTube, has been sent on leave.

Monsignor Geoff Baron, dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, shouted and swore at teenagers who were skateboarding on cathedral grounds.

Footage of the incident, which happened last year, attracted thousands of hits on the video-sharing website.

Monsignor Baron has apologised for his sudden outburst.

"It was outrageous behaviour," he told an Australian radio station.

"I let myself down terribly badly, quite clearly, and I've also brought scandal and shock to other people."

'Go home'

In the video, entitled "Priest Kickout", Monsignor Baron is seen treating the teenagers to a diatribe peppered with sexually explicit insults and racial slurs.

"Get back to where you come from," he tells some of the teenagers. "You don't belong in Australia."

The teenagers respond to his rant with taunts and insults of their own, but leave after the priest starts throwing things at them.

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart said that Monsignor Baron's outburst was out of character.

"I know him to be a very good and talented man and priest, and I am deeply troubled by the incident," he said in a statement.

Monsignor Baron has now been placed on indefinite leave and an investigation has been launched.


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