Monday, April 19, 2010

Church to move US priest in Bohol over sex scandal - This is what I am talking about

Church to move US priest in Bohol over sex scandal


MANILA, Philippines - Church leaders in the Catholic Philippines said on Monday they would relocate an American priest after they found out he was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in 1988.
Father Joseph Skelton is to be moved from his ministry in central Tagbilaran city where he has served for years to a still undisclosed place, an official at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.
"The CBCP will issue an official statement on the matter within the next few days," a spokesman for the conference who did not want to be named, told AFP.
The spokesman declined to comment further, but referred AFP to a story published on the conference's official website at the weekend.
That article also said Skelton would be moved, but emphasised he was due for transfer to another assignment within the Tagbilaran diocese before news of the scandal broke.
The website story on the website said the bishops only found out in November that Skelton was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988.
"Had I known of his conviction, I would not have ordained him," the website quoted Tagbilaran's former bishop, Leopoldo Tumulak, as saying.
Tumulak served in Tagbilaran from 1992 to 2005, and it was during this period that Skelton was ordained.
Tumulak described Skelton as "happy, contented and very particular in celebrating the liturgy meaningfully and well," the website said.
Skelton has refused to discuss the case, according to the bishops' website, and calls by AFP to the Tagbilaran diocese on Monday went unanswered.
The conference did not give other details about Skelton's background and no explanation was given as to why he was allowed to continue to serve after his history of sexual abuse was uncovered.
Bishop-accountability.org, a US-based non-profit website that tracks sexual abuses in the church, said he resigned from the Michigan seminary in 1988 after pleading guilty to abusing a 15 year-old boy.
The Philippines is Asia's bastion of Catholicism, and details about Skelton past have surfaced amid a string of sexual abuse cases rocking the church.

2 comments:

  1. This clown was tossed out of seminary and not ordained in the US, so before any of these crybabies here complain that the US is dumping their problem on the Philippines, they should blame aiming their anger at this one guy and not the US church (which actually deserves it anyway, just not for this situation). He finished up seminary HERE and was ordained HERE, so who screwed up? That's right, the all-knowing, all-powerful RC Church of the Philippines. Bishop Tumulak at best gets to admit he's an idiot for not doing his due diligence, and at worst, maybe actually did know and let it slide. I actually doubt the latter; I just think he was an idiot, but who knows. You'd think that a foreigner signing up for the final year of seminary classes here would get asked, oh maybe, "So what happened at your last school that you're here now?" And, again, just blue-skying here, maybe somebody would pick up the phone or drop a card in the mail to inquire of the last school about the man's record. I mean, if you transfer universities they do that, right? What's the difference?

    Stupid church.

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  2. Well, I have to agree with you on all counts Ben. The Catholic Church has to be the biggest scam in the history of man!Though Mike Velarde probably comes in a close second...

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