US Diocese Warns Vs. Filipino Priest Charged with Theft, Porn Possession

October 31, 2011

A FILIPINO priest on trial in the US for theft and porn possession may already be in the country, a Massachusetts, USA diocese warned the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Iloilo-born Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, suspended after being charged with theft and possession of pornographic materials, has suddenly left for home, the Most Rev. Robert McManus of Worcester Diocese in Massachusetts said in a letter sent to CBCP President Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

"I bring this matter to Your Excellency's attention in case Fr. Dongor presents himself to Bishops in the arch/dioceses of the Philippines as a priest in good canonical standing," McManus said in his letter acquired by CBCPNews, the official news agency of the CBCP.

Dongor has been removed from active ministry and prohibited from wearing a clerical attire or present himself publicly as a priest, McManus said.

Dongor was about to go on trial last October 25 but suddenly disappeared from the diocese before he could appear in court.

He only left a note saying that he was returning "home," McManus said.

"I presume that he meant the Philippines," said McManus.

Diocesan records indicate that Dongor was born on February 17, 1976 in Iloilo, Philippines and attended Barotac Nuevo High School, graduating in 1993.

Dongor was ordained into the priesthood on June 2, 2010.

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