Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,685 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Seminarian convicted of homosexual abuse of teen, then ordained in another country

Catholic World News - October 27, 2009

The Archdiocese of Detroit and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are engaging in a verbal skirmish over whether the archdiocese should have done more to publicize two abuse cases.

Father Joseph Skelton Jr., who pled guilty to-- and was convicted of-- sexually abusing a teenage boy in his Michigan seminary room before leaving the seminary in 1988, eventually was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Tagbilaran in the Philippines. In addition, the Archdiocese of Washington recently settled an abuse suit with a man who alleged that Father Skelton, while a seminarian, joined Father George Stallings in abusing him. Father Stallings was later excommunicated for starting the breakaway Imani Temple.

Thomas Gardipee, formerly a Capuchin brother, found employment teaching at a Hawaii high school even though the Detroit-based Capuchin province had barred him from working with minors because of abuse allegations.

The archdiocese contends that Gardipee had never ministered in the Detroit area and that it informed Father Skelton’s Philippine bishop about his criminal history after the archdiocese became aware of his ordination.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($126,178 to go):
$150,000.00 $23,821.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod: It's a Wrap! 15 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results 17 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 22 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6