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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 16, 2007

It was, I believe, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that the rebuttal to those who would exclude gays from the clergy lies in the lives of those priests who are "seeking each day not to be served but to serve their people." Orlando, consider yourself served.

A shock wave is rippling through the close-knit Deltona family at St. Clare Catholic Church in the wake of a complaint that its pastor participated in sexual battery against a man.

According to a complaint filed with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the Rev. Carlos Bedoya, 44, invited a 35-year-old man to his home on church grounds to have lunch and "cocktails." He proceeded to restrain the man while David Estrada, a 24-year-old priest-in-training, [helped the man get beyond a rigid, one-size-fits-all morality], the complaint states.

Probably an innocent misunderstanding. I was edified by the following detail:

The Diocese of Orlando was unavailable for comment because of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Good to know that there are still some pieties we're not prepared to sacrifice.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 19, 2007 3:25 PM ET USA

    I agree with all who condemn the fact that homosexual men have been ordained as priests. However, what is even worse is that some of these homosexual priests have been consecrated as bishops. Rome has to accept responsibility for such grave mistakes. Such appointments have to stop. Most of these people are known. Why are they allowed to continue their nefarious actions?

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jan. 18, 2007 2:38 PM ET USA

    Here's the truth and that is if these Bishops had taken time from their so called busy schedule and gone to the Basilica in Washington D.C. and dedicated America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary they wouldn't be having so much trouble in Americans believing that they have our Country's best interest at heart!!!!!!!!!

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jan. 17, 2007 11:32 AM ET USA

    I'm sure this sort of thing happens frequently in the non-ordained gay community, but the press completely ignores it. In fact, the only time they print this sort of thing is when a priest is the perpetrator because it reinforces their belief that the Church is bad. Meanwhile, they are throwing out press releases about nonordained homosexuals abusing men because those cases are "flukes." "Everybody" knows that homosexuals are just like heterosexuals, don't they?

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 17, 2007 7:35 AM ET USA

    LeoXIII: We can hope that Estrada won't be ordained, but if the bio of Chicago's Fr McCormack provides any indication, I would not bet the rent on it. Recall that McCormack was known to the diocese from his early days in the seminary for his homosexual proclivities with fellow seminarians. (there were three incidents on record) Such behavior did not deny him his promotion as seminary instructor, and may have been a resume enhancement--these days morality is all in the eyes of the beholder.

  • Posted by: Italiana - Jan. 17, 2007 7:26 AM ET USA

    Sir William, In not one of the several newspaper articles has Bedoya said he is innocent or that the charges are fasle.

  • Posted by: parochus - Jan. 17, 2007 3:14 AM ET USA

    MLK is observed, but who wants to bet that Ascension Thursday will be moved to Sunday. . .

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jan. 17, 2007 12:03 AM ET USA

    Is there any chance that this is false? It is not unknown for people to make false claims if money can be gained - and we know the lawyers definately gain it. I don't doubt it *could* have happened - it is a sick and twisted world after all and this is not unknown among a certain kind of mentality among certain kinds of men. But is it right to insinuate guilt before the evidence is heard before a court of law?

  • Posted by: khall356157 - Jan. 16, 2007 10:31 PM ET USA

    For about six months now, I have been telling anyone who will listen that Orlando is worse than Los Angeles. Which is quite a claim, I realize. But at least there are church BUILDINGS in Los Angeles.

  • Posted by: Leo XIII727 - Jan. 16, 2007 8:40 PM ET USA

    The only upside to this story is that the "priest-in-training" will never be ordained. I just cannot believe that, after all we have gone through, the Rev. Bedoya would dare engage in such conduct.

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Jan. 16, 2007 7:43 PM ET USA

    I am fed-up, what creepy pseudo priests have infiltrated the Roman Catholic Church? If this is true, the Bishops better not ordain one more homosexual or a homosexual sympathizer! If they continue to be stupid, as they have been, and if they are homosexual themselves, I hope for the sake of Jesus Christ that they be exposed and expelled. I am so sick of this filth that causes such scandal for Jesus's Church. What a betrayal!

  • Posted by: Italiana - Jan. 16, 2007 6:55 PM ET USA

    Orlando's Chancellor, The Very Reverend Gergory Parkes, said to the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 12th of Fr. Bedoya's dismissal: "I can ASSURE you it's NOT due to INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR with minors, or children, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT." God help us!!!

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 16, 2007 3:58 PM ET USA

    From Bedoya's bio page:

    In 1984, I was called again by the Lord to continue with my journey towards the priesthood and I went to St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami where I graduated in 1986.  Right after that, I went to study theology at St. Mary’s seminary in Baltimore.
    Another active graduate from St. Mary's, and perhaps, just another coincidence.

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