SHORT TAKES : Rebellious Black Priest to Wed

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

The Rev. George Stallings Jr., a former Roman Catholic priest who was excommunicated after forming a church for disenchanted black Catholics, says he’s getting married next year.

Stallings announced his engagement to Houston attorney Candace Mosly, 29, at an inaugural banquet Friday for the New Orleans chapter of his Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation.

“He said he’s wanted to get married and have children for a long time,” said William Marshall, Stallings’ spokesman.

Mosly is a prosecutor in the Houston district attorney’s office.


Last year, Stallings, then a priest in Washington, accused the church of racism and formed his own congregation. He was excommunicated earlier this year.

Stallings said his church allows optional celibacy for priests and the ordination of women.