Jan 10, 2019, 6:16 AM ET

'I have been a terrible husband and father': Pastor who praised Pulse nightclub shooting resigns after admitting to drinking, gambling, hiring prostitutes

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A Texas pastor who praised a deadly shooting at a gay nightclub has resigned after admitting to using drugs, gambling and paying for sex.

Donnie Romero, former pastor of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, apologized in a YouTube video posted Wednesday.

"I want to tell you guys I'm sorry. I've lied to many of the people at our church. Last Wednesday, I resigned, but I didn't tell anybody all the details," he said. "I went to Jacksonville and I went to a casino and I was drinking. And there were girls there that were prostitutes and I committed adultery on my wife multiple times. I drank and gambled multiple times. ... I even smoked weed."

Romero gained national notoriety in 2016 when he voiced support for the gunman behind the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in which 49 people were slaughtered.

"These 50 sodomites are all perverts and pedophiles, they're the scum of the Earth and the Earth is a better place now and I'll take it a step further," Romero said in a sermon published online by the Dallas Morning News. "I'll pray to God like I did this morning, and I will again tonight, that God will finish the job that that man started."

The Southern Poverty Law Center classified the Stedfast Baptist Church as an anti-LGBT hate group after the incident.

The church posted a separate video on its YouTube page, showing Romero as he broke the news of his departure last week.

"I have been a terrible husband and father," Romero said in a video posted to the church’s official YouTube page. "This is the best decision, for my family and this church, to make."

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  • Your Worst Nightmare

    In other words, he's a doppelganger for the guy in the Oval Office.

  • TexWho

    A prime example of why sane people avoid anything remote connected to any religious group.

  • Tom

    Those idiots in the church probably felt sorry for him.

  • bob

    Typical republican

  • Lawrence Geary

    Only difference between him and the more successful preachers is that they are more sophisticated-and haven't been caught yet.

  • Lee Thompson

    I feel for his wife and children. I hope they make it through this okay.

  • Clyde Delgato

    This guys congregation will forgive him, admire him for his honesty and remorse and beg him to come back at a higher salary. They will say forgiving is the Christian way. Meanwhile they will still judge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a slut for daring to dance on a rooftop.

  • c.g.

    Ha,ha.....don't you just LOVE the nutso "religious" folk....ha,ha....I'm surprised he didn't blame the "devil" for making him do these things....ha,ha.

  • Marly Duran

    He admits to being a "terrible father and husband" but he left out human being.

  • HomerIsBlind

    Why is it that so many Christians reserve a special hatred for gays when there really is no Biblical justification for hating homosexuals above, say; liars, thieves, adulterers, gluttons or murderers?

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money

    I wanna to party with this dude!

  • LEE Abend

    Jesus came to preach to the sinners not the saints.

  • Band, On the Run

    "I even smoked weed"

    Oh, my God, the horror!

  • OneDimensionalPatriot

    Just another Christian who worships Christ in public and shows zero inclination to follow Christ in private. No news here.

  • Susan Rogers

    God created evil and good and made man in his image. Image being the same soul as God. God is a psychotic, if the stories in the Bible were those of a man, we would call him a murderer.You don't flood a valley in this world, kill hundreds of people and expect people to call you God. God needs your prays to help him from sinning. So instead of praying to God, pray for him.

  • cephalo

    Of course! I'm sure everyone who publicly wishes death upon people that have nothing to do with them have big problems with their morals.

  • reality25

    "I have sinned...". (fake tear drops)

    - Jimmy Swaggart's Apology Sermon, 2/21/1988

  • j tennum

    But his christian Texan congregation will forgive him. But them gay perverts? Hell no. I'm sure he has millions of dollars stashed away that they gave this god fearing man. Too funny.

  • Don'tBotherMe

    Are you a:
    A) Gambler
    B) Liar
    C) Cheater
    D) Bad husband
    E) Bad father
    F) Drinker
    G) Bigot
    H) Frequent prostitute user
    Then you have the perfect resume to become a preacher to spread the word of god.

  • Ted Mittelstaedt

    Don't worry his wife will take him back after the obligatory "come back to god" retreat. She probably secretly is turned on by her big virile male putting it to.all those hoes.

  • Toshiro Histugaya

    Baptist... Par for the course.

  • Jim Botto

    I like how he said "I even smoked weed" as if that was the worst thing he did.

  • Lew Fournier

    Raise your hand if you're surprised.

  • Graphic

    Baptists... Y'all got some issues. Never been religious. Never understood the attraction people have to religion. I know it brings comfort to most of its followers, but just can't comprehend blind faith in something you can't prove.

  • Flippykitty

    "I went to Jacksonville and I went to a casino and I was drinking. And
    there were girls there that were prostitutes and I committed adultery on
    my wife multiple times. I drank and gambled multiple times. ... I even
    smoked weed."

    Give this man a GOP card for his wallet!

  • AWOL WSO

    'I have been a terrible husband and father': Pastor who praised Pulse nightclub shooting resigns after admitting to drinking, gambling, hiring prostitutes.

    Praise the Lord...

  • Lawrence Geary

    The sad fact is that when Christian meets prostitute the honorable one is the prostitute. I would guess that maybe 2-5% of Christians are actually Christians.

  • carcar

    For some reason this does not surprise me at all. It's almost like being a hypocrite is part of the career path and being busted in some kind of money or sex scandal is a requirement for these evangelical "leaders"

  • ericom9

    Hahaha- burn in hell, "pastor"

  • __Epimenides

    A man pf God, no doubt...

  • david bogart

    Finding a pastor that isn't a hypocrite is like trying to catch Trump telling the truth, impossible.

  • Beeyrself

    What else is new, just another Conservative in a long line of Conservative hypocrisies and cons perpetrated in America. In fact, still running strong.

  • snakeice64

    Sounds like he was the life of the party and kinda bragging, I committed adultery not once or twice but multiple times, smoked some weed drank...

  • allison kirkpatrick

    Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, Jerry Falwell Jr, and now this guy...

  • P'Thizikil

    "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." - Emerson

  • Ctrygrl

    Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? Well I guess he didn't preach against drugs, gambling and heterosexual sex. If he were a good man fallen from grace I would feel sorry for him, but he isn't.