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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 13, 2004

Thanks to the Dallas Morning News, we now have this information about another acknowledged child molester.

  • He was serving in the Los Angeles archdiocese, and his name showed up on archdiocesan records. But the archdiocese didn't know he was there.
  • His Franciscan superiors-- to whom, presumably, he vowed obedience-- can't ask him to do anything he doesn't want to do.
  • The Franciscans told the LA archdiocese where he is. But the archdiocese doesn't know anything about him.
  • The Franciscans say police in Canada aren't interested in pursuing criminal charges against the friar. Police in Canada say they are interested in pursuing criminal charges.
Do you have the sense that maybe-- just maybe-- somebody isn't giving us the whole truth?

But we do know this much:

  • A Catholic cleric, who would be facing charges if he lived in Canada, has moved to California and stayed there for years.
  • There's no compelling reason for his move, other than the understandable desire to avoid prosecution.
  • Church officials aren't being forthcoming in response to questions about his status.
    • Oh, yes, and:
      • The sex-abuse scandal is "history." Bishop Gregory said so.

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    • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2004 1:08 PM ET USA

      I thought the Canadians passed legislation that made accusing someone of child molestation a "hate crime." Am I mistaken? Is some unfortunate Canuck in jail today watching gay sensitivity films because he accused a priest of doing something that is protected behavior? Can't be true ... but maybe next year???

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