A PRIEST in the US is facing serious questions after his black housekeeper revealed she had been barred from cleaning his house on account of his "racist dog".
Memphis woman LaShundra Allen was originally employed by Father Jacek Kowal to clean his church and nearby house.
However, after cleaning the church, Allen was told she would not be required to tidy the pastor’s house as previously planned.
While she was being introduced to staff at Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, by the woman she was replacing, she was informed of the news and the shocking reasons behind it.
“I was just supposed to clean the church and I was supposed to go to the pastor’s house and clean as well,” Allen told Fox13.
“They were just like, ‘Well, I’m not really sure how to say this,’ kind of like in a joking way,
“But Father Jacek doesn’t want black people cleaning the house because his dog is racist.”
She never had any interaction with Father Kowal before or following the incident but is now calling for him to be sacked.
However, the Reverend has launched a staunch defence, arguing he is not racist and that the decision boils down to a “bad experience” his German Shephard had “with a stranger who happened to be African American.”
“As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I wholeheartedly believe all forms of discrimination based upon race or ethnicity are sinful and wrong,” he said.
“As a pastor, I have ministered to, employed and worked with numerous African Americans. Their claim that I didn’t want an African American to clean my rectory is simply not true.”
Allen is now exploring her legal options.