UPDATED: 4: 25 P.M.: The St. Norbert priest who allowed the Presbyterian to concelebrate Mass, Agustin Escobar, has been placed on leave. The swiftness in which the Diocese of Orange acted to remove Escobar while letting pedo-priests officiate over Mass for years after an accusation isn't lost on longtime sex-abuse victim advocate Joelle Casteix.
put on leave: the media is notified, the spokesman makes a statement,
and a local apologist gets a quote supporting the priest,” she told the Weekly. “When
a perp is removed, there is a small announcement in the parish bulletin
– a bulletin that never makes it online. No press, no outreach, no
quote supporting victims. I can't help but
wonder how many local priests would suddenly be in the newspaper if
Brown treated child molesters like he treats ecumenicals.”
Heckuva job, Brownie!
ORIGINAL POST: FEB. 15, 11:17 A.M.: This story is too rich: The orthodox California Catholic Daily is reporting that parishioners at St. Norbert Catholic Church in Orange are angry that a Presbyterian minister was allowed to officiate over Mass and take and receive Communion this past Sunday. They have already written to Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown asking that the presiding Catholic priest, Agustin Escobar, be censured, and Brownie's flunkies are already promising immediate action.
If only St. Norbert parishioners were so livid about their beloved former pastor, John Urell.
Urell, of course, is the worst pedo-priest protector in the history of the Orange diocese, the one link to all of the bishops that have lorded over the county's million-plus Catholics. Most good people would've given Urell the boot as details of his sordid past emerged in 2007–but instead of being good people, St. Norbert parishioners rallied around Urell, laughingly so. Urell still visits the parish from time to time, and why shouldn't he? Only at St. Norbert (home to more than a few Republican hacks, from Supervisor Bill Campbell to blogger Matt Cunningham, whose admiration of Urell was so blind he actually released the names of sex-abuse victims in a rush to defend the fool) could such a ghoul be loved and priorities be horribly skewed. Because at the end of the day, what's the bigger sin–having a Covenanter say some words about Jesus, or coddling a pedo-protector? For St. Norberters, the former–heckuva job, Brownie!