April 9, 1995
"Behind the Clergy's Closed Doors" (by David Gritten, March 19) glowingly featured the film "Priest," aptly described by Gritten as "an angry piece of invective directed against the Catholic church's hierarchy." I cannot comment on the film; but what the article alone demonstrated is that bigotry, intolerance and hatred are accepted and even applauded as long as they are aimed in the "right" direction: at the Catholic church. Director Antonia Bird and screenwriter Jimmy McGovern were almost beside themselves with self-righteousness, prejudice and hypocrisy.
April 7, 2014 |
BEIRUT -- A Dutch priest who lived in Syria for almost five decades and refused to evacuate this year from the rebel-held Old City area of Homs was shot and killed at his residence early Monday, according to official accounts. Father Frans Van der Lugt was eulogized by the Vatican as a “man of peace” who stayed behind in the ravaged Old City to assist a dwindling population of Christians and Muslims suffering the devastating effects of an almost two-year siege. Like Pope Francis, he was a Jesuit.
March 4, 1998 |
It's been a good week in prime time for God. On CBS, Sunday's "Touched by an Angel" was especially poignant in saying goodbye to an artist with Lou Gehrig's disease. After leaving behind something of himself for each member of his family, with the encouragement of the show's angel of death, he died peacefully in the arms of his wife and oldest son. You had to be a rock not to feel the moment.
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April 10, 2010 |
Allegations that a local parish priest raped a teenager at gunpoint have spawned a wave of soul-searching in this remote West Texas sheep- and goat-ranching community and denials of a coverup from the Catholic archdiocese in San Antonio led by Archbishop Jose Gomez. Accusations that Father John M. Fiala sexually assaulted the boy in 2007 and 2008 -- twice at gunpoint -- surfaced Thursday in a lawsuit filed against the archdiocese and Gomez, who was named earlier this week to lead the archdiocese in L.A. The lawsuit alleges that Fiala was pastoral administrator at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in this remote Texas hill country community when he began sexually abusing the teen during catechism lessons.
June 24, 1999 |
An Augustinian priest was charged with trying to smuggle into the country $2.4 billion in amateurish counterfeit Treasury notes. The Rev. Mario Beato-Prieto, 35, a Spanish citizen who was running a parochial school in the Philippines, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport outside New York City after U.S. Customs agents discovered what they called fake currency in his luggage. Prosecutors said the priest tried to sell 24 phony $100-million notes through a broker.
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July 22, 2009 |
A retired Roman Catholic priest from Orange County who escaped prosecution six years ago for allegedly molesting a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of molesting another boy in the 1990s, authorities said Tuesday. Denis Lyons, 75, of Seal Beach was arrested Monday afternoon while he was playing cards at a community center near his home in the Leisure World retirement community, prosecutors said.
August 14, 2011 |
Jane Eyre Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 There's nothing staid about director Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter Moira Buffini's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre. " Mia Wasikowska brings bruised angst to the title character, a governess who falls in love with her master Edward Rochester (powerfully played by Michael Fassbender), and Fukunaga and Buffini tell their story via a time-jumbled structure that emphasizes the extremes of emotions in the heroine's life, from pained despair to romantic rapture.
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February 4, 2013 |
An ex-priest who allegedly admitted a sexual relationship with a minor remained employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District for more than a decade despite several warning flags about his background, according to interviews and records. Joseph Pina is also said in internal church documents to have admitted to repeated “boundary issues” with women throughout his career in the clergy. An internal 1993 psychological evaluation by the L.A. Archdiocese concluded that Pina “remains a serious risk for acting out.” Nine years later, L.A. Unified hired him as a community outreach coordinator for its $19.5-billion school-construction effort.
September 4, 2008 |
A former priest has been charged with 93 offenses stemming from an alleged pedophile ring at a Roman Catholic boys school, police said. The offenses took place from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, New South Wales police said. Police believe that dozens of boys may have been abused at St. Stanislaus College, 45 miles west of Sydney, according to media reports. The former priest, 65, who was not named, was released on bail Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court Sept.
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May 31, 2013 |
A self-described "loud-mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley rejected a conventional definition of his vocation. Denied a parish, the Roman Catholic priest created his own pulpits as a sociologist whose groundbreaking research corrected misimpressions of American Roman Catholics and as a bestselling novelist whose works - "The Cardinal Sins," "Thy Brother's Wife" and more than 50 other titles - made readers blush and church superiors fume.