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more on the pelotte story

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 02, 2007

Things are sounding more and more bizarre in Gallup. Here's an update on Bishop Pelotte's nocturnal intruders.

[Diocese of Gallup Bishop Donald] Pelotte called police before dawn last Thursday, reporting that there were four intruders inside who did not want to leave. Police responded within minutes, but they found no one.

According to a police report, the bishop told officers that one male and three females were running through the home, wearing costumes and masks. He said the intruders were between 3 and 5 feet tall.

My emphasis.


Further update. Tapes of Pelotte's Thursday mornng call to 9-1-1 have been obtained by a news service, which provides a partial transcript of the conversation:

Dispatcher: "Can you tell me what happened?"

Pelotte: "They're just moving. They've been quiet. They've been going upstairs in the bedrooms and hiding behind the artifacts. But they don't talk."

[Pelotte tells the dispatcher that the people in his home are wearing masks.]

Dispatcher: "What kind of masks do they have?"

Pelotte: "Ma'am, I don't have the time to tell you. You'll see it for yourself. Please send somebody over here."

Dispatcher: "Do they still have their masks on?"

Pelotte: "It's pretty hard to decide what the issue is. But I can't leave them here overnight."

Portions of the recordings are audible in a video news story found on the same web-page. Pelotte sounds mildly upset and quite clearly deranged. It's plain he'll be relieved of duty and that he's in need of treatment.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 9:41 PM ET USA

    I'm no neurologist, but this behavior sounds plausible given the previously mentioned head injury from an assault, which makes the cover up of the assault even more peculiar. Surely the Canon Law made provision for a Bishop (see my previous comment about the Caine Mutiny) who had to be relieved of his duties due to physical or mental impairment of a severe and debilitating nature.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 9:25 PM ET USA

    If this were any other kind of person, and not a Catholic bishop, people would politely try to help or at the very least, not point and laugh. God bless him.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 5:53 PM ET USA

    Poor man. But there seems to be a cover-up of the assault that brought on the head injury, and if there was in fact was an assault, the assailant may still be out there and the bishop is being left in the house alone. The diocese should also have the decency to relive him of his duties and put him somewhere he can be cared for,

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 5:32 PM ET USA

    In the spirit of charity I think that it is imperative to refrain from making light of the story of a bishop who likely has a serious disorder of brain function. He deserves our prayers!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 5:02 PM ET USA

    This is so sad. We must pray for Bishop Pelotte. He is obviously having some serious personal difficulties. Whether it be demons, insanity, brain injury or whatever, it does not matter. He is a bishop deserving of our respect, love and prayers. The fact that he apparently is not in a condition manage his see may be temporary or permanent. We should also pray that the hierarchy is able to provide whatever assistance the Diocese of Gallup needs.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 5:02 PM ET USA

    Yes, I never watch TV news, for much the same reason. Unless I need a new hairstyle--then I tune in to see what's au courant!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 4:45 PM ET USA

    may the Lord grant the Bishop healing and peace.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 4:00 PM ET USA

    Kathy - I understand your dismay at seeing this story "out there". But please no more cover ups of anything. Let me put it this way: If the mayor of Gallup or the police chief made that call it would also be news. If some poor deranged unknown citizen made the phone call. then that isn't news. The Bishop is a public figure. NO MORE COVER UPS!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 2:58 PM ET USA

    I am not sure if this is necessarily inappropriate to post because it is more cute than derogatory as far as news stories go. There are stories that are grossly derogatory--but not this. In fact, if anyone watches news on television, they should never complain about voyeurism or derogatory stories--because that's the composition of television news. Perhaps his Excellency was watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy recently and just had visions of Hobbits?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 1:23 PM ET USA

    Sounds like "gremlins", or perhaps "smurfs" that were playings games on the Bishop. Or perhaps they were demons. In any case a senior member of the heirarchy must investigate this incident and speedily restore sanity to that beleagured see.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 12:39 PM ET USA

    The good bishop needs some serious help and prayers.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 12:02 PM ET USA

    I find this particular line of "news coverage" well beneath any decent standards of humanity or religion, and I think that it would be most appropriate to delete it.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 11:32 AM ET USA

    This is creepily reminiscent of the days when pastors (and bishops) would remain in their assignments, regardless of the condition of their physical and/or mental capacities.

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