Friday, August 17, 2012

Another priest, another boy.



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. Angel
He 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
Narrative here.


At Fatima, Our Lady asked that we, "Pray for the conversion of sinners." 

22 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Whose side are you on? There's nothing wrong with a 12 year old going camping with a priest.

    Like others like you, your idea of truth is more important than what is true, and you're just as vile as those who are exploiting the so-called abuse scandal for financial and political reasons.

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    1. There is EVERYTHING wrong with a 12 year old going camping with *anybody* who is not a relative alone.

      What kind of crap are you trying to sell?

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  2. It is sad and discouraging to read a story like this. I am sorry for the boy, he must have been horrified to see a person whom he trusted abusing him and hopefully the priest will seek psychological counseling and treatment. May Jesus the High priest and His Blessed Mother protect, guide and watch over the Church.

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    1. I agree. It's discouraging.

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    2. Perhaps a bit more than counselling & treatment is needed Fr..

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  3. Shiver me old timbers, this story and the link to the previous post freaked me out a bit.

    Weird old world.

    I love the painting too! Spiritually terrifying!

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  4. Anonymous - there might not be anything wrong with allowing a 12 year old to go on a camping trip with a priest, so long as a vetted adult - known by the parents - accompanied and there were other boys to go along. The alternative in this day and age is stupid and negligent - both for the priest to do and the parents to permit.

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    1. Anonymous3:13 PM

      You're just engaging in rash judgment, that's all.

      I would chastise parents for trusting you with their children, but to say that all priests are potentially sexual predators and should be treated with extreme caution is fairly typical of your hysterical judgments.

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  5. Well now - that's ugly...

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  6. I read this and I just don't even know what to think. It is beyond discouraging for me. Then I read the linked posting about the priest from Hudson, Wisconsin ( a case I had never heard of before) and well, I'm just at loss for words. It would be enough, more than sufficient if in the history of the Church such a scandal were to have happened just once and yet it continues on. I don't know anymore whether there are enough millstones and then I am sick at heart for not only the victims of these horrid acts but also for these priests who willfully visited their twisted, disordered propensities on innocents.

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, "Christians believe everything is reversible, any sin even any crime. While man is alive he can understand and repent. The result of your crime cannot be repented. It is the past. There is nothing to do only to grieve and to change....this renewal of the soul whenever it happens, even at the very end, this is Christianity. Otherwise one follows assuredly one's wrong path. The age tells him, "go on everybody does this" It ossifies the soul completely. People condemn themselves to complete perdition. The punishment is that man cannot repent anymore, he's lost in the stream. And in this stream he is not even a person. This is a most terrible idea."

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  7. We had a somewhat similar incident recently here in Colorado Springs. The priest in question, a 70 some year old grandfather (late, late vocation) is now in jail. You wonder what people are thinking.

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  8. I have 13 & 15 year old sons - i had a traditionalist sacristan after them - recently charged on child abuse..am very careful here my boys go very..

    i don't think priests should drink alcohol ..

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    1. http://www.thetablet.co.uk/latest-news/4159

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    2. This is the man ..

      http://www.circleaks.org/index.php?title=Vernon_G._Quaintance

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    3. So what is one to think of all of this? Jesus said,

      "But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. [7] Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh." St Matthew 18:6-7

      But what are we to do with it all after the fact? Yes, pray but what else? It's like a never ending continuous scandal. A festering wound that never heals.

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  9. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Hi Tery,

    I agree with you about the parents not allowing their children to be around any older adult. Remember the Boy Scout leader in Burnsville?

    Katie

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    1. Anonymous3:14 PM

      Sure Katie, you better lock them up in the basement and forget about organized sports too.

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  10. I suspect a lot of these cases involve priests - who already have disordered appetites - drinking to excess. That too many priests drink too much is hardly a secret.

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    1. Anonymous3:14 PM

      Indeed, sodomites.

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  11. http://youtu.be/IfD4gZmaNic

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  12. In this day and age the parents were insanely irresponsible.

    And the the priest should be hauled off to Rome and summarily severely punished as an example to others that wolves in sheep's clothing will not be tolerated.

    What will happen? Nothing much, because the visible Church is just another institution more concerned with protecting its own. And it does not consider the flock its own.

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    1. Can't haul the priest off to Rome when the secular authorities are holding him without bail.

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