Keeper of St. Norbert Church Pedo-priests Now Accused of Boy Rape Himself

By Gustavo Arellano
Orange County Weekly
June 29, 2009

[See also other articles by Gustavo Arellano.]

What is it about the pastors of St. Norbert Church in Orange and their predilection for protecting pedo-priests? The most recent example was Cirilo Flores, who is now an auxiliary bishop under Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown; the most notorious example was John Urell, who famously cracked during a deposition digging into his days as the man in charge of "investigating" the pedophiles who terrorized county parishes for decades. I guess they just learned from their elders; after all, longtime St. Norbert pastor Sinon Falvey was in charge of two pedo-priests during his tenure from 1969 to 1989: John Kenney and John Lenihan. God smote the first John in a 1977 car accident; with Lenihan, Falvey moved him along to my home parish of St. Boniface in Anaheim.

Now, Falvey is the target of a civil lawsuit filed June 25 in Orange County Superior Court. It alleges Falvey repeatedly molested an altar boy in 1990, after he had retired, and that church officials were negligent in preventing it. Falvey won't be able to attend any depositions given his current disposition--dead. But we'll see what Brownie and his boys will do to counter this...



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