Charles Kanu priest or drug dealer/sexual deviant?
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#1 Apr 30, 2011
Name: CHARLES KANU
Booked by Miami-Dade County Corrections on
Mar. 13, 2011 for Drug Offenses
Charges: COCAINE/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTENT TO PURCHASE CANNABIS/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTEN T TO PURCHASE COCAINE/POSSESSION CANNABIS/POSSESSION/20 GRAMS OR LESS
#2 Apr 30, 2011
The Diocese of Little Rock issued the following announcement Friday, Jan. 14 about Father Charles Kanu, a Nigerian priest who has been working in Arkansas since 2005. Father Kanu has served at parishes in Helena, Marianna, Mountain Home, Tontitown and Huntsville.
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrated the weekend Masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marche) Jan. 15-16 to make the announcement.
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, credible allegations of professional misconduct were lodged against Rev. Charles Kanu, presently the administrator of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Marché, regarding actions that were alleged to have occurred at locations other than his present assignment in Marché. None of the allegations involve misbehavior with minors. The procedures of the Diocese of Little Rock for handling allegations of non-criminal professional misconduct were followed. The preliminary investigation undertaken on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, regarding the allegations of profession misconduct was inconclusive, but in the course of this preliminary investigation it came to light by Father Charles own admission that he had failed to comply with certain conditions that were placed on his continuing ministry in Arkansas. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, following diocesan policy, has suspended Father Charles faculties to function as a priest effective today, Jan. 14, 2011, and has removed him from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish pending a more complete investigation.
In the meantime, Bishop Taylor has asked Msgr. Bernard Malone to come out of retirement temporarily to take care of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish starting Jan. 25, 2011, until a new pastor or administrator can be assigned to that parish. Msgr. Malone will be backed up by neighboring pastors, in particular the three priests serving St. Joseph Parish in Conway. Please keep everyone in your prayers.
#3 Apr 30, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas A woman in Arkansas filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleging that Catholic Church officials failed to protect her against a Catholic priest who sexually exploited her even if they knew or should have known about the danger.
The woman claims Father Charles U. Kanu to have engaged in sexual acts with her on multiple occasions after she met him at St. Peter the Fisherman parish in Mountain Home, where Kanu counseled her and converted her to Catholicism. The suit alleges that Kanu used sensitive information he learned from her, over 18 months, to manipulate and exploit her into complying with his sexual demands.
#4 Apr 30, 2011
We strongly urge Arkansas Catholic bishop to be more honest and forthcoming about a just-suspended Catholic priest and the allegations that have been leveled against him. We are disappointed with his very limited and vague disclosure so far.
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor is being extraordinarily unclear with parishioners, and as best we can tell, totally secretive with the public, about accusations against Fr. Charles Kanu, who was ousted from Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Marche on January 14, 2010.
Taylor said only a few sentences to Kanus most recent parishioners in a sermon delivered in church on January 15, 2011 (A copy of the sermon is below.)
Taylor says the allegations did not involve misbehavior with minors and he implies, but doesnt say, the accusations are non-criminal. In our view, thats so vague as to be meaningless. Its also likely a decision best made by the independent and experienced professionals in law enforcement, not by the biased, untrained historically secretive church hierarchy.
The alleged wrongdoing didnt happen at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, Taylor claims. If thats the truth, then Taylor has an even greater duty to alert the public about the accusation. Taylors short, vague sermon at Immaculate Heart of Mary wont help those who have been wounded elsewhere, whether non-Catholics or Catholics at different churches.
If Taylor comes clean and says the priest allegedly mishandled funds, parishioners might look for and found evidence that he took money from them too.
If Taylor comes clean and says the priest allegedly violated confidentiality in a counseling session, parishioners might compassionately reach out to former church members who were counseled by the priest and see if they too were mistreated.
If Taylor comes clean and says the priest allegedly sexually exploited an adult, parishioners might compassionately reach out to former church members who were counseled by the priest and see if they too were mistreated.
When possible wrongdoing is revealed, other witnesses, victims and whistleblowers are more likely to come forward and contact authorities, both religious and secular. That often sheds important light on unclear situations Its possible that the allegations are untrue. Its also possible, but highly unlikely, that they are relatively minor.(Given the shortage of priests and the strong tendency of bishops to protect their clergy, rarely are priests suspended over minor infractions.)
Taylor says the priest admits that he had failed to comply with certain conditions that were placed on his continuing ministry.
#5 Apr 30, 2011
FAIL FOR BAXTER COUNTY POLITICOS! WAY TO GET THOSE VOTES SET IN STONE...BRUSH THE STORY UNDER THE RUG & SAVE FACE WITH THE CATHOLIC VOTERS!!! BRILLIANT!! Now, go primp in the mirror for your next photo op!!
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