awkard coincidences continue

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 24, 2005

Ron Russell provides a pair of articles on the versatile Fr. Gregory Ingels of San Francisco.

Long a favorite of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada, [Fr. Gregory] Ingels had helped devise the American church's "zero tolerance" policy ... In 2001, Levada tapped him to help set up the San Francisco Archdiocese's Independent Review Board, the panel entrusted with investigating clerics against whom complaints are lodged.

But in May 2003, Ingels was in a prosecutor's cross hairs.

His alleged victim, a male student at Marin Catholic High School where Ingels taught in the early 1970s, had cooperated with police in recording some recent phone conversations. In them, prosecutors said, Ingels had made incriminating statements corroborating the former student's account of being abused at age 15 during a family outing at Muir Beach in 1972. ...

But Ingels was lucky. At his arraignment, his lawyers announced that he would postpone entering a plea. A month later, the U.S. Supreme Court -- by a 5-to-4 vote -- struck down as unconstitutional a California law that had extended the statute of limitations for prosecuting suspected sex abusers. ...

Along with many others, Ingels walked.

Russell's article dovetails with this one from the Arizona Republic, concerning the shenanigans of two high-profile priests in the Diocese of Phoenix. Both pieces paint in eight-foot fluorescent letters the fact that too many of the poachers are gamekeepers. Remind me -- who was it that assured us that the sex abuse scandal was "history"?

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2005 7:10 PM ET USA

    << Long a favorite of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada, [Fr. Gregory] Ingels had helped devise the American church's "zero tolerance" policy ... In 2001>> The only "zero tolerance" that these guys enforce is zero tolerance for any of the boys getting caught.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 24, 2005 4:56 PM ET USA

    Bill Clinton had his law license suspended for five years, although I suspect that the Rev Ingels continues as a JCD in 'good standing'.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2005 3:26 PM ET USA

    Yes, this is the same Abp. Levada who shielded Bp. Ziemann, scotched the investigation into the financial mismanagement of the Santa Rosa diocese - and is a bosom buddy of Cdl. Mahony. Conspiracy...? What conspiracy...?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2005 9:43 AM ET USA

    It is apparent to me that the average Roman Catholic Bishop in the U.S. has to have the deadest conscience on the planet. Even abortionists and their apologists recognize and say in print that abortion is murder; they just rationalize it by saying that it is necessary out of justice or fairness to the mother who shouldn't be forced to carry the child. Our Bishops are not horrified by sodomy or by paedophilia. The only personal "sin" that does that is political incorrectness.