Catholic Culture Dedication
Catholic Culture Dedication

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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Nov 23, 2007

Remember the egregious Dale Fushek, Life-Teen founder, sometime Vicar General to Phoenix fee-nom Bishop Thomas O'Brien, known to the local cops as Dale Evans and known to have navigational problems with males?

Well, it appears Fushek is back in the ministry business, though no longer as a Catholic priest. He's leading non-denominational services:

On Thanksgiving Day, he said he was happy to be back before a group of worshippers.

"I feel alive again," he said after the two-hour morning service. "This was inspiring and beautiful. I thought there was a really good spirit among the people here."

Fushek said he started the nondenominational Praise and Worship Center as a place where people can come to worship between regular services, not as competition for the Catholic Church.

"This is not a church. It is not intended to draw people away from their denominations," he said.

I'd be interested to know if retired-Bishop O'Brien is among Fushek's congregants. He feels, after all, alive again.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 27, 2009 1:19 PM ET USA

    Most of the abuse revealed in this report was not heterosexual. There was a ratio of 2.3 boys abused to every girl. Strangely, though, not one of the Irish newspapers has in any way linked homosexuality with the clerical abuse.

  • Posted by: Lee Podles - Nov. 26, 2009 4:42 PM ET USA

    Passing the trash was a common practice among bishops. It served their convenience when the corrupt priest became the problem of another bishop. Father Fitzgerald discovered this back in the 1950s when he began treating abusive priests at the New Mexico center of the Paracletes. When a bishop acted in this way (and it was all too common) he was looking after his own convenience, not even the good of the college of bishops as a whole. Lee Podles