|The Diocese of Orange Assignment Records of O.C.'s Latest Accused Pedo-Priest, Gordon Pillon
By Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra
Orange County Weekly
April 24, 2009
[See also other
articles by Gustavo Arellano.]
What none of the news stories mentioned, however, was Pillon's assignment record in the Orange diocese. Careful readings of a priest's service can usually divine whether allegations against a padre are legit or bull--and let's just say Pillon's service in Orange don't indicate a bunch of Bevo.
The Official Catholic Directory, the best tracker of priests in the United States, lists Pillon as first arriving in Orange in 1980* at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra, replacing pedo-priest Sofronio Aranda. Pillon stayed until 1983, when King of the County Pedophiles Eleuterio Ramos replaced him; Pillon moved on to St. Juliana Falconieri, where he stayed until 1986. All those years, he served alongside pedo-priest Michael Pecharich.
In 1987, Pillon was at St. Angela Merici in Brea and stayed there two years; 1989 saw him at St. Columban in Garden Grove. From 1990 until 1993, the Diocese of Orange lists him as "on duty outside the diocese," usually a euphemism for them shipping a pedo-priest out of town. In Pillon's case, he worked in campus ministry at Bradley University in Peoria those years until finally getting incardinated in the Diocese of Peoria in 1993.
*Actually, the Official Catholic Directory is always a year ahead. So, for instance, if I write here that Pillon was in a church in 1983, that came out in the 1984 Official Catholic Directory. Sure, it's a byzantine tracking method, but what do you expect from a faith that believes in transubstantiation?
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