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November 24th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

Priest accused of hiring hitman

Dallas police say a priest arrested on charges of sexual abuse allegedly hired a hit man to kill his accuser. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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  1. Mian

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    October 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  2. daryl

    I guess with so many pedophile priests, the pope can't cover them all.

    November 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
    • bill

      there are pedophiles in all walks of life not just the catholic church. in fact the catholic church has less than 1% of all orginizations out there. The biggest problem is that it is catholic. There have been several baptist ministers and they get mentioned maybe once or twice but a priest it goes on forever. I am not defending the catholic church or priest. any man/woman from any walk of life should be punished. I know of cops and doctors and lawyers even judges and teachers who are pedophiles. It is a sad world we live in and also it isnt up to the pope to remove them it is up to the local bishop.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  3. daryl

    Wonder if the priest used a condom?(:?

    November 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  4. daryl

    What? The Pope didn't take care of this priest and move him to a different parrish? No shove under the rug for this one?

    November 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  5. daryl

    What? The Pope didn't take care of this priest and move him to a different parrish?

    November 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  6. GSA

    This so-called "priest" should be put away for a long time, I think Guantanamo could be very useful place for ppl like him.

    November 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • daryl

      Anything short of a death sentence would not be enough.

      November 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  7. GSA

    @Flip Side of the Coin – well said. Most ppl will just spew hate against a religion or ideaology rather than read and comment on the article or the individual(s) involved, although Islam seems to get the brunt of it. I have to agree with you that @Peace2All seems to have his head on straight and even when someone may disagree with him he responds in a way as to open up dialogue and represent a different viewpoint and not just negative rhetoric.
    @Reality-just a simple question. Why not post something positive or constructive instead of just the usual hate? You might get more ppl to listen to your opinions this way. I get where you're coming from but there's a way to approach it and yours is not that way at all. In fact if anything, you seem to be radical yourself just on the other end of the spectrum.

    November 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @GSA

      And...Thank You... so very much for your kind words. As I posted above to @Flip side of the coin, I am here to learn and grow, discover and at times...debate. As an 'agnostic,' I really do claim to 'not know.' Hence my desire for discussion, and appreciating the multi-tude of ideas and concepts generated here.

      Anyways, thanks again... And, I do remember having discussions with you in the past. I felt that I was enlightened by your particular religious point of view(Sikh), I believe... yes...?

      Again... Peace to you...

      November 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Since when is stating the conclusions of many NT exegetes, hateful??? Might it be some just don't want to come to grips with their Three B Syndrome??

      November 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  8. Flip Side of the Coin

    ON the article at hand...I hope this guy is put in jail. He is a danger to society.

    November 25, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  9. Flip Side of the Coin

    You athiests just can't stop the ridicule of one you don't even believe in, can you? Mock, mock, mock...
    Misanthropy

    lol.....Your imaginary friend Jesus says there are 10 rules that God wants you to follow and if you don't , there is a place where you will go that is full of fire and torture and Demons where you will burn and roast and choke and suffer forever and ever and ever and ever......BUT HE LOVES YOU!!!

    Misanthropy.....Your right, he does love you. It's too bad if you fail to comply with the rules and wind up in Hell. You will go by your own choice. God doesn't "call" all people imto the ministry. There are some who will use it, and abuse it. Ever here of the Pharisee or Saduccee's?
    Reality

    And the "holier than thou", "better than thou", "chosen by god/Jesus to follow in his footsteps" priest-mystique is falling in avalanche mode.

    You may do well to read the post I just gave to Misanthropy. Someone "following" in Jesus footsteps, would not do what this guy did. I know you must have enuff common sense to know that.
    David Johnson

    Hmmm... How many Hail Marys and Our Fathers would you have to say, to square hiring a hit man to kill a kid?

    You said one time another another thread, "If I were a believer, I would probably be Catholic. So, with that in mind, how many Our Fathers and Hail Marys would you have to say for your past atrocities? It's just an obsession with you to mock anything with any associated Christian content,huh?

    Peace2All....Thank you for dealing with the subject matter, and not find it necessary to ridicule. Your one in a million, so to speak.
    You have my respect, and restore my faith in those athiest that are living thier morals, and finding a common ground to agree to disagree, without all the insults to those who do believe.

    November 25, 2010 at 8:54 am |
    • Bob

      I'm sorry, but your bible is subject to ridicule because it's so idiotic.

      Why is it that the God in the old testament acts much like the people of the time. Why doesn't the God of the Old Testament know about viruses, bacteria and the like. Why is it that the god of the old testament cares about how we clean ourselves after having a wet dream.

      What being of reasonable intelligence would think that "appearing as a burning bush" is an effective way to spread a message. What being of reasonable intelligence drowns people that he knew would act a certain way yet created them that way anyways.

      What being of reasonable intelligence creates Adam and his mind, leaving in faults that will lead him to cross his own will. What being of reasonable intelligence blames his creation for it's actions,

      The bible is moronic. It's not logical and it's up there with fairy tales. Stop looking at it through rose coloured glasses.

      November 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • Reality

      The single-step crash of Christianity/Catholicism even without the wayward priests:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now even Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology grad school notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue, ( Professors Crossan and Wright are On Faith panelists).

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      November 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Flip Side of the Coin

      Thank you for your kind words. I do my best to discover and learn. For the record, I am actually an 'agnostic' ... not an atheist. So, hence my claim of ..."I really don't know".... so, my passion and drive for learning and discourse/debate.

      Thanks again... Happy 'Turkey Day'...

      Peace...

      November 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Flip Side Of The Coin

      You said: "You said one time another another thread, "If I were a believer, I would probably be Catholic. So, with that in mind, how many Our Fathers and Hail Marys would you have to say for your past atrocities? It's just an obsession with you to mock anything with any associated Christian content,huh?"

      Yes, I said: "IF I were a believer. IF is the operative word here. The Catholic Religion is the only religion I would consider, IF I believed. I don't mock just the Christian religions. I also mock the Muslims, the Hindus, the followers of Judaism and the Mormons and the Scientologists.

      Dude! I'm doing it for your own good! Religion is an addiction. Just like alcohol or heroin. Would you not try to help me with my drug addiction? Would you not pull the needle from my arm? Slap the bottle from my hand?

      I am telling people the truth! I am the voice yodeling in the wilderness! Belief in your Desert War God is most silly!

      I don't

      November 26, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • bill

      the thousands that seen the miracle at Fatima know there is a God. The people of the old testament also knew of God and chose to do their own thing thus they were punished. Christ did rise from the dead but to many of you no longer believe just as it was told would be the case by many mystics. There was a man a baptist preacher who was confirmed dead for 90 minutes! He went to heaven. He came back. Believe with your heart! This generation is so far removed from Christ. This defrocked Priest will answer to God. and his justice is better than our revenge. I pray for all of you to believe before it is to late. Satan is so active in this the last of his days.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  10. Apostle Eric vonAnderseck

    He should have been reading his bible in stead of watching those hitman videos.
    http://apostlestoday.net/

    November 25, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  11. David Johnson

    Hmmm... How many Hail Marys and Our Fathers would you have to say, to square hiring a hit man to kill a kid?

    Father John's confessor: "You did what?

    November 25, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  12. Scaz

    religious leaders should be taken out and shot so they can see what the afterlife really looks like that much faster.
    then they can come back and tell us allllll about it.
    oh, sorry, no one has ever come back from the dead – all those bullshlt stories are just bullshlt.

    and this guy tries to hire a hitman – for the usual undercover-cop price of five grand. I don't know how many times I've heard of someone getting busted for this and the price is always five grand.
    some people are so stupid. I hope this piece of shlt is tortured to death – he deserves it like few other types of people.

    November 25, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  13. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    It's a religion of peace.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Misanthropy

    lol.....Your imaginary friend Jesus says there are 10 rules that God wants you to follow and if you don't , there is a place where you will go that is full of fire and torture and Demons where you will burn and roast and choke and suffer forever and ever and ever and ever......BUT HE LOVES YOU!!!

    November 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  15. Reality

    And the "holier than thou", "better than thou", "chosen by god/Jesus to follow in his footsteps" priest-mystique is falling in avalanche mode.

    November 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • Terre08

      And the Catholic League is more worried about a 10 second film strip of a cross with ants running all around it than the biggest pedophile organization on earth. ? I say that is a lack of perspective.

      December 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  16. Bob

    The most believable defense he'll be able to muster is "No no no! You misunderstand. I meant somethign totally different when I said SHOOT HIM IN THE FACE."

    November 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  17. Mr. Rogers

    Hi, boys and girls. Can you say John Geoghan? I think you can. It'll be a nice day in the neighborhood again pretty soon.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Mr. Rogers

      I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce a name like "Geoghan".....sorry.

      November 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • Mr. Rogers

      @ Sum Dude

      Gay-Gun.

      November 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  18. Peace2All

    O.K... I'm thinkin' this guy(ex-priest who tried to hire a hitman) is not going to do so well
    in prison. Just a guess...

    I sincerely hope that the young victim can heal finally and have some peace in his life, hopefully knowing he can live without the threat of more abuse or... being ki-lled.

    November 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
    • Sum Dude

      @Peace2All
      Hey, man, you can say killed. But I'll put it in the list. You can also say murder, execute, and "murderdeathkill." 😛

      Peace....

      November 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Daniel

      He isn't an ex-priest. He is merely removed from active ministry. Even if "defrocked", he remains a priest. The Catholic Church can't unmake a priest. Ordination by a bishop is permanent.

      November 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      Because of your 'list' I am now putting h-yphens i-n a-ll o-f m-y w-ords.. 🙂

      What's up Sir Dudemeister...? Wake up from the nap..? Ready for 'fundie' time...?

      Peace brother...

      @Daniel

      Interesting... thanks for the clarification.

      O.K, once again,.... So, I'm guessing that this 'priest...who has been removed from active ministry'... is not going to do very well in prison. Just a guess...

      November 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
    • jonathan

      I just wanted to say, yu Supranos yu go to farr !!! 😉 🙂 🙂

      November 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
    • daryl

      I hope this idiot priest is housed with big bubba in a 6X6 cell!

      November 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
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