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.
May 13, 2011 |
In its second weekend of release, "Thor" should have enough strength to climb to the top of the box office again. Of the two newcomers, the female-driven comedy "Bridesmaids," starring "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kristen Wiig, will have the strongest launch. The Judd Apatow-produced movie is expected to collect $15 million to $17 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the 3-D "Priest," which stars Paul Bettany as a clergyman who hunts vampires in a dystopian future, is expected to flop and take in only about $11 million on opening weekend.
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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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.
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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.
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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August 26, 2012 |
A retired Roman Catholic priest in Orange County was sentenced to a year in jail, probation and community service and will be required to register as a sex offender for molesting a grade-school student in the parish rectory and the church more than a decade ago, Orange County prosecutors said. Denis Lyons, 78, pleaded guilty in March to four felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 on four occasions in which, prosecutors said, he sexually assaulted the student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa.