Catholic priest from Erie diocese cha...

Catholic priest from Erie diocese charged in Bradford

There are 36 comments on the GoErie story from Apr 5, 2011, titled Catholic priest from Erie diocese charged in Bradford. In it, GoErie reports that:

A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Erie has been relieved of his duties and placed on administrative leave in the wake of charges that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

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TaxNoMore

United States

#1 Apr 5, 2011
"we will have to be more careful in the future,"
Catholics Come Home

United States

#2 Apr 5, 2011
Marcia Neil

United States

#3 Apr 5, 2011
Worse than local people constantly wrangling about a regional archaeological site then picking up their daily job-work year after year, without any professional attention called into artifact-location, are others aiming towards site from other parts of the state including mountainside/southward drift or deliberate focus over terrain and through the environment.
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#4 Apr 5, 2011
That mother did everything within her power to "prevent" that bastard from getting to her child. And STILL he found a way to get to him, all the while KNOWING that she was on to him. Imagine the arrogance of a predator like that!! I cannot even begin to fathom the OUTRAGE she must be feeling today to KNOW that her gut was correct, and further KNOWING that after he was arrested that he admitted to taking photos/videos!!

I don't think there's a word that could sufficiently describe what that must feel like to a parent of such a child.

I admire her tenacity!! And I admire her courage!! And I pray to God that the worst of her fears does not come true in this case.

Since: Feb 10

Erie, PA

#5 Apr 5, 2011
TWTL wrote:
That mother did everything within her power to "prevent" that bastard from getting to her child. And STILL he found a way to get to him, all the while KNOWING that she was on to him. Imagine the arrogance of a predator like that!! I cannot even begin to fathom the OUTRAGE she must be feeling today to KNOW that her gut was correct, and further KNOWING that after he was arrested that he admitted to taking photos/videos!!
I don't think there's a word that could sufficiently describe what that must feel like to a parent of such a child.
I admire her tenacity!! And I admire her courage!! And I pray to God that the worst of her fears does not come true in this case.
"Everything within her power"? She sent him a letter, and told him she might contact the diocese if he didn't stop. Wow. She's brutal. In this day and age, my first reaction would have been to contact the diocese and maybe the police. Didn't she ever wonder in advance where her kid got an iPad?
TWTL

Cambridge Springs, PA

#6 Apr 5, 2011
ErieRealist wrote:
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"Everything within her power"? She sent him a letter, and told him she might contact the diocese if he didn't stop. Wow. She's brutal. In this day and age, my first reaction would have been to contact the diocese and maybe the police. Didn't she ever wonder in advance where her kid got an iPad?
I would bet the mother found the electronics only after searching his room after her radar went off.

And you bore me with disagreeing with me on this one. You're not worth any more energy it takes than to simply tell you you're not worth the energy.

Since: Feb 10

Erie, PA

#7 Apr 5, 2011
TWTL wrote:
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I would bet the mother found the electronics only after searching his room after her radar went off.
And you bore me with disagreeing with me on this one. You're not worth any more energy it takes than to simply tell you you're not worth the energy.
That's an assumption on your part. You really think a teenage kid would keep that stuff hidden? Also, once again, she sent a letter when anyone else's radar would have gone off and they would have called police, or at least the diocese.

I'm not excusing the priest's actions; far from it. But I'm also not giving the kid's mother a "Mother of the Year" trophy either.
Stu Pedaso

Ravenna, OH

#8 Apr 6, 2011
That tens of millions of Catholics have left the Church should indicate their feelings of inability to change their hierarchy's behavior.

Had there been ANY chance to get Trautman's attention some of those millions would have made the attempt.

In the middle of his hilarious Catholics Come Home campaign, the media's refusal to call Trautman to account for Slocum says something about Catholic futility in the face of the hierarchical pedo-thuggery.
Lifelong Catholic

Punxsutawney, PA

#9 Apr 6, 2011
Stu Pedaso wrote:
That tens of millions of Catholics have left the Church should indicate their feelings of inability to change their hierarchy's behavior.
Had there been ANY chance to get Trautman's attention some of those millions would have made the attempt.
In the middle of his hilarious Catholics Come Home campaign, the media's refusal to call Trautman to account for Slocum says something about Catholic futility in the face of the hierarchical pedo-thuggery.
Trautman is retiring in June. Based on Benedict 16's track record for appointments (he is following Pope John Paul II's lead) we are about to get a very faithful, faith-filled Bishop. Things will begin changing (in some places very drastically) with the new Bishop. If it is anything like what happened in Denver, Phoenix, or a host of other Diocese's in the last several years there will be considerable (and much to the better) changes being made. Changes will be not only at the diocesan and parish level, but in the seminary's as well. The liberal-thinking Catholics are going to be looking for new positions.
just plain bill

AOL

#10 Apr 6, 2011
I always thought and still do, that priests should be allowed to marry. I see nothing wrong with it, but then, I'm in no position to make those calls. I know I will always remain a Catholic, and those priests who did those crimes, will pay either here or in the next life. I am not saying that I am not a sinner, we all are. I just don't understand how people can kill or rape another human being.
Knuckles O Toole

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Apr 6, 2011
Lifelong Catholic wrote:
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The liberal-thinking Catholics are going to be looking for new positions.
They've been doing that for years. That's the problem ;O
Knuckles O Toole

Cincinnati, OH

#12 Apr 6, 2011
Lifelong Catholic wrote:
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Trautman is retiring in June. Based on Benedict 16's track record for appointments (he is following Pope John Paul II's lead) we are about to get a very faithful, faith-filled Bishop. Things will begin changing (in some places very drastically) with the new Bishop. If it is anything like what happened in Denver, Phoenix, or a host of other Diocese's in the last several years there will be considerable (and much to the better) changes being made. Changes will be not only at the diocesan and parish level, but in the seminary's as well. The liberal-thinking Catholics are going to be looking for new positions.
We all fool ourselves with beliefs. It's natural that the mind protects itself from things it can't handle. But I find your claim that this time you guys will REALLY get a "very faithful, faith-filled Bishop" interesting. Nobody can read another's conscience so it's just another shot in the dark IMO. Faith equals hope but hope doesn't necessarily equal truth.
Stu Pedaso

Ravenna, OH

#13 Apr 6, 2011
Lifelong, all you've got to offer is your obedience and you've confused that with faith. Get a grip! It's the top-down crushing imposition of Roman authority that's brought the Church down, not some nuance of ideology.

Power corrupts!
Lifelong Catholic wrote:
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Trautman is retiring in June. Based on Benedict 16's track record for appointments (he is following Pope John Paul II's lead) we are about to get a very faithful, faith-filled Bishop. Things will begin changing (in some places very drastically) with the new Bishop. If it is anything like what happened in Denver, Phoenix, or a host of other Diocese's in the last several years there will be considerable (and much to the better) changes being made. Changes will be not only at the diocesan and parish level, but in the seminary's as well. The liberal-thinking Catholics are going to be looking for new positions.
Jimmy

Tallmadge, OH

#14 Apr 6, 2011
Stu Pedaso wrote:
That tens of millions of Catholics have left the Church should indicate their feelings of inability to change their hierarchy's behavior.
Had there been ANY chance to get Trautman's attention some of those millions would have made the attempt.
In the middle of his hilarious Catholics Come Home campaign, the media's refusal to call Trautman to account for Slocum says something about Catholic futility in the face of the hierarchical pedo-thuggery.
Take your anti-Catholic bigotry and pro-predatory homosexual views elseware.You don't belong on this thread.
Jimmy

Tallmadge, OH

#15 Apr 6, 2011
Stu Pedaso wrote:
Lifelong, all you've got to offer is your obedience and you've confused that with faith. Get a grip! It's the top-down crushing imposition of Roman authority that's brought the Church down, not some nuance of ideology.
Power corrupts!
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Again , Why are you on this page?It's obvious you were never Catholic and have been taught, probably by your own parents, to hate Catholics and to spread libel about them. If you hate the chruch so much find another religion to follow. For a person like you I would suggest islam.
Stu Pedaso

Ravenna, OH

#16 Apr 6, 2011
If you don't like this thread, deac.. er, jimmykins, find another one. Maybe an Islamic one.
Jimmy wrote:
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Take your anti-Catholic bigotry and pro-predatory homosexual views elseware.You don't belong on this thread.
soasoas111

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 6, 2011
just plain bill wrote:
I always thought and still do, that priests should be allowed to marry. I see nothing wrong with it, but then, I'm in no position to make those calls. I know I will always remain a Catholic, and those priests who did those crimes, will pay either here or in the next life. I am not saying that I am not a sinner, we all are. I just don't understand how people can kill or rape another human being.
But I do understand how people can call each other names and use foul language and other types of non-Christian behavior like I exhibit on this board all the time. What a great Christian I am!
just plain bill

AOL

#18 Apr 6, 2011
Jimmy wrote:
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Again , Why are you on this page?It's obvious you were never Catholic and have been taught, probably by your own parents, to hate Catholics and to spread libel about them. If you hate the chruch so much find another religion to follow. For a person like you I would suggest islam.
Now if only he would follow your good advice and he would go over to the middle east and join islam....one less moron here in the states. It's plain he hates Catholics. No use talking to him, he doesn't get it.
just plain bill

AOL

#19 Apr 6, 2011
ErieRealist wrote:
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"Everything within her power"? She sent him a letter, and told him she might contact the diocese if he didn't stop. Wow. She's brutal. In this day and age, my first reaction would have been to contact the diocese and maybe the police. Didn't she ever wonder in advance where her kid got an iPad?
Good one...if my kid had some new electronics, I sure as hell would find out where they came from in a big hurry. Maybe the mother was using the ipad too?
Reality Check

Erie, PA

#20 Apr 6, 2011
Speaking of (alleged) pedophile priests...what's Father Michael Barletta doing these days?

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