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  Church Outing; List of Clergyman Who Have Committed Sex Crimes in Last Few Months; Illustration

By Edward Sorel
The Nation
August 12, 1991

UNLESS YOU GET THE DETROIT FREE PRESS YOU MISSED THIS STORY:

A GROUP OF RELIGIOUS ZEALOTS, INCLUDING A FELICIAN NUN, SOMEHOW OBTAINED THE

NAMES OF THOSE WOMEN WHO WERE SCHEDULED TO AHVE AN ABORTION AT AN CLINIC IN LIVONIA, MICHIGAN, THEY THEN STOOD OUTSIDE THE CLINIC HOLIDNG UP LARGE PLACARDS BEARING THE NAMES OF THESE WOMEN WRIT LARGE. TOGETHER WITH THE WORDS, "DON'T KILL YOUR BABY."

REV. ASHBY O. BRENEMAN JR, 41, WAS SENTENCED TO 7-18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING 6 BOYS AT THE CHURCH-RUN CANADOHTA LAKE BAPTIST YOUTH CAMP HE OPERATED. A BAPTIST MINISTER PLEADED FOR LENIENCY, SAYING BRENEMAN WAS UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE.

JOHN WILLIAM VOVKO, A PRIEST, WAS SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN JAIL FOR TRYING TO MOLEST A BOY, AGE TWO AND A HALF. THE TEACHING CERTIFICATE OF THE FORMER MESA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WILL BE REVOKED.

REV. JOHN GARGANO OF LONG ISLAND, 67, WAS CONVICTED OF 14 COUNTS OF RAPE, SODOMY, SEXUAL ABUSE AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT. FOUR VICTIMS, NOW AGES 13 TO 22 TESTIFIED THAT GARGANCO REPRESENTED HIMSELF TO THEM AS THE ANGEL GABRIEL. HE MOLESTED THEM WHILE HEADING THE ETERNAL TABERNACLE CHURCH OF CENTRAL ISLIP.

RICHARD KEARNEY, EPISCOPAL PASTOR OF WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS, WAS SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTING 4 BOYS. ONE WAS MOLESTED ATW THE MINISTER'S APARTMENT, WHERE HE WENT FOR CONFIRMATION INSTRUCTION. COUNSELORS EVALUATED KEARNEY AS A PEDOPHILE, SEXUAL ADDICT AND COMPULSIVE EATER.

REV. NORBERT LA COSSE WAS SENTENCED TO 3-15 YEARS FOR MOLESTING A 12-YEAR-OLD ALTAR BOY.

REV. WILLIAM KRUGGER, 71 FLED APTER A WARRANT WAS ISSUED FOR HIS ARREST FOR CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD FORNOGRAPHY. PASTOR OF ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, HE WAS FORMERLY CHAPLAIN FOR THE ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

LESLIE R. DANIELSON, 62, OF ARLINGTON, A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER IN GROTON, MASSACHUSETTS, WAS SENTENCED TO 5-10 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FOUR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS.

WELL, FRIENDS, IF "OUTING" IS GOING TO BE THE POLITICAL TACTIC OF THE '90S I

GUESS I CAN LEARN IT. THE FOLLOWING IS A VERY INCOMPLETE LIST OF THOSE CLERGYMEN WHO HAVE COMMITTED SEX CRIMES IN JUST THE LAST FEW MONTHS

CAROLYN FERN GAWER, 51, WIFE OF A CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, MINISTER, RECEIVED NO JAIL TIME FOR INDUCING A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. THE VICTIM WAS IN GAWER'S FOSTER CARE.

FATHER DOMINIC CANDAPPA, A PRIEST IN BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA, WAS ARRESTED BETWEEN CHURCH SERVICES ON GOOD FRIDAY FOR SOLICITING SEX FROM TWO WOMEN FOR MONEY. HE IS ONE OF THREE PRIESTS IN ARIZONA WHO PERFORMS EXORCISMS.

THOMAS CHLEBOSKI JR., A PRIEST IN WASHINGTON, DC., WAS SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 7 FELONIES INVOLVING-SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY. THE PRIEST PREYED ON THE SON OF A DIVORCED WOMAN HE WAS COUNSELING, PERSUADING HER TO TRANSFER THE BOY TO HIS PARISH SCHOOL. THE 30-YEAR-OLD PRIEST FACES SIMILAR CHARGES IN ANOTHER COUNTY.

JAMES ALLEN WELLER, 32, A LUTHERAN YOUTH WORKER, WAS SENTENCED TO 48 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST 5 MINORS AGED 10 TO 16. TEN ASSAULTS TOOK PLACE IN REDWOOD CITY BETWEEN 1986 AND 1989.

ALFRED GREATHOUSE, 62, A FORMER MINISTER FROM GRANDVIEW WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SODOMY, AFTER PAYING TEENAGE GIRLS FOR "HUGS AND KISSES."

AND THEN THERE'S RICHARD J. NEUHAUS, OF NYC INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE. WHO SAYS "i RELUCTANTLY CONCLUDE ATHCISTS CANNOT BE GOOD CITIZENS CAN A PERSON WHO DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE A TRUTH HIGHER THAN SELF... REALLY BE TRUSTED?"

WHERE DO THESE CREEPS COME FROM?

IAC-NUMBER: IAC 11086604

 
 

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