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September 7th, 2009
09:11 AM ET

Registered sex offender to be ordained as a minister

A Louisville, Kentucky church is planning to ordain a registered sex offender as a minister. Mark Hourigan was charged back in 1998 with sodomizing, sexually abusing and intimidating an 11-year-old boy. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children. The head pastor of City of Refuge Worship Center admits it's the first time he's heard of a church in the United States ordaining someone who is registered for life as a sex offender, but he says the man in question has changed and deserves forgiveness. Some worry Hourigan could be a threat to the children who gather at the church for weekly Sunday school. But the church says Hourigan will not have any contact with children.

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Do you think this church is right to forgive and accept Hourigan or do you think they are taking too big a risk?