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December 29, 1987 | Associated Press
A Catholic priest who last year told Sunday school children that Santa Claus was dead has been reassigned, officials of a Roman Catholic diocese said. They said Monday they did not know where he is now. Parents said young children left in tears after Father Romano Ferraro told a group in December, 1986, that St. Nicholas, the 4th-Century bishop, was dead and so was Santa Claus.
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December 20, 1986 | Compiled from, wire and staff reports
A Roman Catholic priest who enraged many parents when he told his young students that there is no Santa Claus has taken a leave of absence, church officials in Woodbridge, N.J., said. The pastor of St. John Vianney Church told parishioners at services this week that Father Romano Ferraro is on indefinite leave for what he called "personal and parochial" reasons. Father Francis Sergel also apologized for Ferraro's remarks. "A prayerful time . . .
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April 3, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scandal over clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church gathered new momentum as an ordained priest was arraigned Tuesday in New York, charged with raping a boy in Massachusetts more than two decades ago. After his arrest Monday on a fugitive warrant, Father Romano Ferraro of Queens, N.Y., became the first priest to face extradition to Massachusetts since the January trial here of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan unleashed worldwide controversy over pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
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December 15, 1986 | JAMES MARNELL
--Yes, Virginia, if you were here today, you would find the debate over the existence of Santa Claus still very much alive. It goes on, even as it did when you were a child in 1897. Just last week, Father Romano Ferraro told his Roman Catholic parishioners in Woodbridge, N.J., that dear old St. Nicholas was dead and that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa's North Pole workshop were figments of the imagination.
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December 24, 1988 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
Every once in a while, some brave soul ventures forth to demand: "Get rid of Santa Claus!" A chorus of protests inevitably results in various quarters, religious and otherwise. It has happened again. In this case, the Santa-smashing thrust comes from a minister in Kansas. "Santa Claus should be abolished from the celebration of Christmas," said the Rev. Milton M. Miller, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Girard, Kan. "He should be discarded with last year's gift wrappings."
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