By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
The worst that can be said about him is the truth: He helped to protect pedophile priests.
Fuentes served as communications director for the Orange diocese from 1977 to 1989, a time that just happened to coincide with multiple pedophile priests roaming the county's pews and raping children left and right. Did he alert the authorities or press when his superiors whisked away Eleuterio Ramos (the most prolific pedophile priest in OC history) to Tijuana after raping one boy too many? Nope. Did Fuentes alert the authorities or press when he was assigned pedo-priest Jerome Henson to work under him? Nope. Did Fuentes ever criticize the bishops who employed him, the hierarchy that helped to support him, for actively thwarting law enforcement? Ha!
Of course, mainstream media obits wholly ignored Fuentes' role, as did the multiple hosannas thrown Fuentes' way by his conservative contemporaries. But, remember: He helped to protect pedophile priests and never owned up to it. The most Fuentes would ever say on the subject was to his ultimate apologist, Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit, in a 2005 column: "I believe what was going on on the secular campuses in the 1970s led to the liberal influences in the seminaries of that era, and that set the tone for crisis in the Church in the 1990s. . . . If I allow myself, I can become physically ill thinking about it."
Nice: Blame the liberals, even though it was Fuentes' conservative-as-fuck bosses who covered up the rapes of innocents, and even though most of the rapes in the Orange diocese happened during his time.
Hey, Tom, hope you get a spot in hell next to your former boss McFarland, as the two of you pedo-priest-protecting pendejos deserve each other. Heckuva job, Brownie!