Lawyer for jailed priest says case is a church matter

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

A Catholic priest accused of stealing from two Louisa County churches is seeking dismissal of the charges, arguing that the matter is an internal church affair outside the legal system's jurisdiction.

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Sean Trapani

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Jul 22, 2007
 
I think it is a shame that this priest took advantage of the trust that is placed in them.

My mother was one of the founding members of this church and if she was still alive I would think she would be crushed by the fact that this individual took advantage of his priesthood and the members of this church. I always thought something was not quite right with this priest but when I mentioned it to anyone people seemed to think I was speaking with forked toungues or was going to heck for mentioning it. If he gets off legaly he will be judged by a higher authority.
Katherine

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Jul 23, 2007
 
Sean Trapani wrote:
I think it is a shame that this priest took advantage of the trust that is placed in them.
My mother was one of the founding members of this church and if she was still alive I would think she would be crushed by the fact that this individual took advantage of his priesthood and the members of this church. I always thought something was not quite right with this priest but when I mentioned it to anyone people seemed to think I was speaking with forked toungues or was going to heck for mentioning it. If he gets off legaly he will be judged by a higher authority.
This man is in jail because right now because he violated the terms of his bond. He left the state of Virginia. He went to visit his wife and children in New Mexico. Now his lawyer wants us to believe that this matter should be settle within the church. Give me a break. Tell Cardinal Mahoney that he gets his $660 check back and that he can settle the sexual harassment law suit in Los Angeles within the Church. Jack Maus is CRAZY.
Crystal

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Aug 14, 2007
 
Let them settle this within the church then. Later Why not build a new church and not let this guys family go.

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