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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 01, 2006

Musing on the Outrage of Orange as detailed in Sunday's LA Times article -- particularly the curious guardianship of liturgical propriety exercised by the Diocese -- I was moved to wonder about the kind of news story we'll be seeing a couple years from now in Southern California.


Bishop "gravely disturbed"; Parishioners express "stunned disbelief"

by Louis Deshotels

31 May 2008 -- Special to the Anaheim Telegraph

ORANGE COUNTY PROSECUTOR Martin O'Grady confirmed today that a Fullerton area Roman Catholic priest has admitted to binating in front of a shocked congregation that included underage girls and several elderly women.

Fr. Dorian Shattuck, associate pastor of St. Adalbert's Parish in Buena Park, was released on his own recognizance yesterday pending charges. Parish staff at St. Adalbert denied knowledge of his whereabouts, and his attorney Silvia Mazzi refused to return phone calls requesting an interview.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Orange said that Bishop Tod Brown was "gravely disturbed" by the news and vowed to take immediate action. "The Diocese is committed to providing the best liturgical practice to all," she said, reading from a prepared statement. "We share the grief and hurt of the St. Adalbert community at this painful time but assure them of our prayerful support and our conviction that this is an isolated occurrence."

12-year-old Kitty Menendez was still red-eyed as she told reporters about the incident. "It was scary," she said. "It seemed like a normal church thing and then I found out he had done the 7:30 mass as well on the same day. I could hardly believe my ears."

Marsha Sempleson, 67, said her trust in the Catholic Church was "shattered" after witnessing the bination episode and said she doubted whether she could ever return to St. Adalbert's.

Other parishioners are skeptical about the Diocese's claim that the scandal represents an isolated abuse. "He did the same thing when he was at Holy Martyrs and the same thing when he was at St. Mark the Evangelist," said parishioner Jeff Meyer. A faculty member at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, who spoke on condition of anonymity, admitted that there were problems with bination in the past but said that the Church has made progress in dealing with the issue. He said that Shattuck left St. John's before the Zero Tolerance Policy was formally implemented.

Shattuck's defenders in the parish insist the story is an exaggeration.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2006 4:16 PM ET USA

    Euclid you are lucky, maybe, not to understand. but here we have several elderly women who actively participate in bination in this area. during the season on Saturdays at 0830, and then again at 1600 and 1730. They'd binate all day if they could. My folks used to call them pillars of the church. My how times change!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2006 6:52 AM ET USA

    Does Bp. Brown qualify for "Fraternal Correction"?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 01, 2006 8:26 PM ET USA

    Another hilarious blog, Diogenes, because it's likely to be so true for Bp. Tod, Cdl. Mahony & all their cronies who've created their own interpretations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I am presently assigned as the only priest to 3 parishes & a secular college; so offering two Masses a day happens often, sometimes three when there are funerals & weddings... Offering Mass is the greatest thing a priest can do, yet there are priests in my diocese who don't even offer one Mass each day.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 6:30 PM ET USA

    Kneeling AND binating????/ He probably fogot his rainbow stole too. Will the sacrileges never end? St. Tod - Pray for us

  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Jun. 01, 2006 6:20 PM ET USA

    Gosh! I regularly trinate (?) - and that on Saturdays ( Parish Saturday morning Mass (a rare event in many places here these days), later an anticipated Mass in an insitution followed by parish anticipated Mass in the evening. And they kneel at the 'Ecce Agnus Dei' at every one.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 4:57 PM ET USA

    What was even more disturbing was that Shattuck was said to have knelt during the binating . This caused Tod Brown to go into shock. St. Joseph's Hospital refused to give any information on his condition.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 4:43 PM ET USA

    Sometimes this Diogenes guy makes no sense. Am I missing something?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2006 4:27 PM ET USA

    Bination everywhere! But wait till 2010 when the news story will be about priests doing the really unthinkable..... please remove your children away from the screen.... yes thwarting all the goals of Gathering Faithfully Together. The scandal will be..... priests offering other than a Sunday Mass.......... What regressives these traditionalist anti bishop people are! By the way, is there a Saint Tod?