Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Sad End to the Story

Just read this:

Associated Press - December 15, 2008 4:34 PM ET

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix's Catholic bishop has excommunicated a priest who started a nondenominational ministry after the priest was charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct.

The action announced Monday against Monsignor Dale Fushek, once the diocese's second highest-ranking administrator, was a response to his creation of the Praise and Worship Center in Chandler.

In excommunicating Fushek and another Catholic priest who helped open the ministry, the diocese makes no mention of the criminal charges against Fushek. Fushek and the other priest are now prohibited from receiving the church's sacraments.

In his criminal case, Fushek is accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, indecent exposure and assault stemming from hearing confessions and counseling boys between 1984 and 1993.

(Past post in subject here)


Joshua 24:15 said...

Well, if this action by the Church causes a few parents to keep their children away from these perverts, then I think it's not necessarily a "sad" end...

(Of course we want each of these ex-priests to come back to full communion with the Church, but the greater good might come in the short term from more news about how bad these men have been)

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Examples like this are one of the very reasons I don't let my kids go to lock ins, retreats, bording schools, overnight camps, etc.. It's sad, but there is no safe place for our kids anymore and no matter how "trustworthy and friendly, and holy" a group of people seem to be, I won't expose my kids to something so potentially damaging.