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Bishop Pelotte dead at 64; may have suffered assault in 2007

Catholic World News - January 08, 2010

Retired Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup, who may have suffered a severe assault in 2007, has died of an undisclosed illness at the age of 64. Following his severe injuries, the bishop insisted he had fallen down stairs, and police did not pursue the case.

A year later, after the New Mexico bishop had resigned and a journalist won a legal battle to publish photographs of the injured prelate, Bishop Pelotte said, “When you see those pictures there’s no way that I could have gotten that damage by falling down the stairs.” He added, “But I don’t remember that.”

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 08, 2010 12:55 PM ET USA

    Even in the end this wretched story conveys the spirit of evasion and lack of transparency that has done so much damage to the Church.

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