Fr. Angel Armando Perez
The priest asked the parents if the boy could accompany him on a camping trip to the mountains, after a party of some sort, the boy went with the priest to stay the night at his house. The priest was drunk and he and the boy - 12 years old - had another beer. The boy fell asleep, woke up to find the priest holding the kid's genitals and photographing him on his iPhone. Go here for full story.
Are you people nuts? Who would let their 12 year old kid go home with an adult man with the intention of sending him on a camping trip alone with him? I don't care if the guy is a priest - what the hell is wrong with the parents?
The boy had the courage to run away from the priest's house - the priest chased him, wearing only his underwear. It's a disgusting story. The kid was terrified - but he ran... and fortunately for him passers-by helped him and saw the priest standing in his underwear, hands on his hips. The story is well documented - leaving little doubt.
I don't know what to say. It reminds me of the Ryan Erickson story - that Wisconsin priest who killed two innocent men who were most likely initiating an investigation on him - two men who knew about his sexual attraction to young boys. I wrote about that here. Young boys who can be curious about their bodies changing, experiencing sexual development - these guys know that curiosity and vulnerability. They are predators - they wait for opportune moments to take advantage of their victims - after winning their trust.
Parents, don't ever give your kid to an older man.
Priests shouldn't be drinking alcohol in excess. I think Fr. Hardon felt they shouldn't drink it at all. Priests who are sex offenders should be laicized. Never, ever should a priest with such sexual attractions be ordained. Once ordained, a priest needs to be accountable - to someone: a superior - his bishop, and so on. After ordination, a priest's life is not his own. He can't just slip by with a confessor or a spiritual director absolving him of sins of weakness - not when he has sexually disordered proclivities and issues with alcohol or substance abuse. Although, even in the case of Ryan Erickson, that didn't prevent him from indulging his appetites and committing his crimes.
The brother of the victim told police Fr. Angel pleaded with the victim's family:
"I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don't stop believing in the church," - Fr. AngelHe was not serving the Church, nor promoting the faith.
" ... you travel around sea and land to make one convert, and when it has ... a single follower, and when you do, you make that person twice as fit for hell as you are." - Mt. 23:15
The Suicide of Ryan Erickson - T. Nelson
At Fatima, Our Lady asked that we, "Pray for the conversion of sinners."