Austin Priest Masturbates on Plane & Gets Arrested

By David Clohessy
September 11, 2012

An Austin priest has been arrested in Denver for masturbating to porn on an airplane. He is Fr. Daniel Drinan who was removed from his post in Austin in 2002 after an allegation of sexual contact with a minor was brought forward.

Drinan is apparently not functioning as a priest right now. But he's still on the church payroll, and we strongly doubt if he's being supervised in any meaningful way.

This case shows - once again - that pedophile priests often re-offend or commit other sex crimes in part because their bishops do the bare minimum. Bishops should house and monitor these dangerous men, and work hard to find others who saw, suspected or suffered their crimes, so they might be prosecuted and kept away from kids.

Given his pattern of inappropriate and illegal behavior, we urge Austin Bishop Joe Vasquez to seek out others in his diocese who may have been hurt by Drinan, but scared to come forward. Due to Drinanís bizarre and unhealthy sexual impropriety, we strongly suspect that similar situations have occurred before.








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