Tom Fuentes, Longtime Head of Orange County GOP/Protector of Pedophile Priests, Passes Away from Cancer

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Just got word that Tom Fuentes--a titan of local politics for forging the Orange County Republican Party into the freaks that they are today, and a gnat of a man for his role in the Catholic Diocese of Orange sex-abuse scandals--passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

The best that can be said about Fuentes is that he was colorful--if, by colorful, you mean you enjoyed a man who helped put poll guards outside Latino-heavy precincts during a 1988 election that cost Fuentes, Curt Pringle and others $400,000 in a civil judgement, or someone who once opined, "I can tell you the registration of the people in the house by observing the neatness of the lawn, what cars are in the driveway...and whether there is a leaky oil can in the driveway."

Funny!

The worst that can be said about him is the truth: that 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 to Tijuana and Franklin Buckman to an Indian reservation 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!

I'm sure Moxley and Coker will have more to say on Monday about Fuentes' passing given they covered him for a longer period of time than yours truly. But in the midst of any hosannas thrown Fuentes' way by others, remember: he helped to protect pedophile priests, and never owed up to it. The most he could ever say on the subject was to his ultimate apologist, Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit: "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 his conservative-as-fuck bosses who covered up the rapes of innocents, and 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, Bishop Norman McFarland, as the two of you pedo-priest protecting pendejos deserve each other. Heckuva job, Brownie!

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quico lostaunau
quico lostaunau

Been had jealousy all my life!!!  Still, I'm waaaaaaaaaaaay tickled that he is as Dead as a Dork...tee hee hee...

quico lostaunau
quico lostaunau

I am so tickled that he is waaaaaaaaay dead!  tee hee hee

Denise
Denise

looks like breitbart has company coming for a stay

JEWBALL
JEWBALL

I was hanging around the funeral today trying to get some food and maybe a few beers.

But, my alterior motive was to make sure no body read this, I had martin Bury it on PAGE 12:

http://www.ocregister.com/news...

Tom was you know, a member of Church management at that time.

Guest
Guest

Does vile hatred of Republicans (or any group) make it OK to have vile hatred? No.

For the record, the priests were not pedophiles; they were active homosexuals. There is a difference. 

Finally, the "man" who wrote that biased, bigoted, toxic article, filled with hatred and cursing, is no journalist.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Andrew, opinions are like "ass holes," everyone has one.  In the case of the O.C. Weekly, they have a few large ones, both on staff and commenting on this issue or that.  Yep, I am one of those and have never denied being an "ass hole" both during my career and now in retirement. With me, what you see is what you get.  I met Tom Fuentes several times over the years and found him to be a committed and stand up kind of man.  I would surmise that most of those making negative comments never met Tom or knew anything about him except for those nasty rumors.  When all is said and done with all the bullshit, Tom Fuentes was an honorable man and made many contributions while he was here on earth.  May he RIP.

Andrew
Andrew

Just got done reading this. It amazes me how much hatred people can have in their hearts. I know Tom Fuentes personally and I can tell you right ow that there is no kinder man you could have ever met and no one as involved with his community than Mr. Fuentes.

He mentored me in many ways and it constantly amazed me how everywhere we went including some of the lesser known establishments that he was always aware of what was going on with each one of the employees and where they came from. 

I guess you can say that Tom never forgot where he came from. 

For those who like to speak random rants of pure blinding hatred I would like to remind you that a man has just passed away and even in medieval  there was time allotted to grieve for lost ones. Those who wish pain or suffering on anyone who has just passed remember that in almost every religion it states to do onto others what you want done to you.

Remember that a man passed today and if you have any compassion or decency in your heart watch what you say and remember it is not all about you but the family that gets left behind.

thecanimalshusband
thecanimalshusband

I will pray to my Loving God in Heaven that he burn in hell for eternity.

SlippinHalo
SlippinHalo

As a victom of rape, I can say that those who protect or do nothing to bring those rapers to justice are just as guilty. I know FUENTES is burning in HELL and I hope his family suffers for the rest of theirs pathetic. Fuck "christians"! Fuck republicants! and fuck all those who defends them. Keep your prayers to yourself. Cancer was Kharmas way of saying FUCK YOU.

Henry Gattis
Henry Gattis

Just saw my post, polite but critical of his involvement in the RCBO sex abuse scandal was scrubbed by Wiskol.

He's a tool, as much an enabler as Fuentes was.

Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter

While I can't say I'm shocked by the last of class in this post and equally hateful comments. I do think Michelle Fuentes' reply displays a clear contrast of what grace is in the face of hatred. I'm in awe of her ability to respond with such kindness, it is a quality that was instilled in her by loving mother and father. Bravo Ms. Fuentes.

Buttercup
Buttercup

All I have read this weekend from the Register is fawning and praising for Fuentes. The absolute ass kissing of them all was from the criminal (look up his past "political" crimes), Scott Baugh.

 Anyone associated with  Baugh, Mike Schroeder, Dicky Ackerman and their cronies are given a big old kiss on the mouth by the Register flunkies who adore them.

This is the FIRST piece that actually paints the whole picture of Fuentes...warts and all.

Prawda
Prawda

Roger Mahoney, Catholics call him bishop, was asked to present documents concerning pedophile priests under his employment. He refused. Barbara boxer, Diane Feinstein didn't demand the documents be presented, does that make them pedo protectors? Sure does in my book. Funny, liberals  can do as they want and are condoned because they support "do-nothings". So this clown Mahoney plans on being buried in his temple to himself purchased with donations from "fools for pedophiles" (catholic church) and you catholics will cheer, shameful. 

GOPFAN
GOPFAN

Over a hundred comments over at Wiskols place and not ONE mention of his involvement in the rape of kids.

Hmmm they don't sensor comments over there do they?

Prawda
Prawda

forgot to mention the puke in Los Angeles Roger Mahoney. The puke the "do nothings" worship as if he was God earth. 

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Yeah, this article is just what the world needs. More pathological partisan hatred.

PatrickR
PatrickR

To Gustavo Arellano and Todd Sputnik my only comment is that Tom Fuentes was more of a man and contributor to the people of Orange County than you two clowns will ever be.  My condolences to his family and my contempt goes to you two.

Mr. Bib
Mr. Bib

If you can't say something nice, say the truth.  

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oooh, you're a gay basher as well! But pray tell: how do you justify Fuentes and his bosses not reporting the many rapist priests under their watch to the authorities?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

It's not rumors, Patrick: it's the truth. I'm sorry your hero protected rapists, and that you're so blind with love that you can't see this.

Joe
Joe

You got some issues dude!

Joe
Joe

Interesting........not a bliever in God but a beleiver in Karma............Dichotomy?

PatrickR
PatrickR

With your attitude Slippin, your Karma was already, or will not be a pretty picture.  Remember that the Law of Karma relates to reaping what we sow.  With your attitude and "Fuck This" and "Fuck that," do you really think the seeds being planted are positive ones?  Sow negative seeds and the returns will not be positive.  

Dave
Dave

I can understand your anger, but don't you think you should get some therapy? Seriously.

Joe
Joe

Don't know much about Fuentes, What I do know is that attacking the dead is very disrespectful............

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Scott: Came from her mom; Tom Fuentes was nothing but hate—unless you believe that calling people a cancer is a bon mot.

RichardCranium
RichardCranium

Fu*k you and your your young republican bunch. Don't you guys have better things to do like ride around with your head between the legs of your icons?

It's very strange to see council members and political assholes like Dana carting around young boys. In reality though, it makes perfect sense.

 

mitch young
mitch young

That's cool, because Mahoney was all for illegal immigration, 'Dream Act', amnesty, etc.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Commentary is encouraged at the OCW, unlike most forums today.

Apparently you believe that censorship should be encouraged, the PRC is a good case study of a society that restricts free expression, go for it.

mitch young
mitch young

He should be buried at the Valle de los Caidos.

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Correction: "comment section" is what the world needs. Not "article." (I can understand Gustavo being, er, less than perfectly respectable if this guy was covering for child molesters during his lifetime.)

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hey, I'm not the one who helped to cover up for pedo-priests, so methinks you're directing your outrage at the wrong target.

OCDEM
OCDEM

Patrick,

The man covered up Sodomy against Children by adults!

How is it contributed.

Thats like saying Hitler was a good cook.

Todd ROTFL Sputnik
Todd ROTFL Sputnik

Spoken like a true pedophile.  Just how much "more" that you "m[e]n" will continue in your coverup of child rape as a "contribut[ion] to the people of Orange County" remains to be seen, at least as long as your obsolete and groundless beliefs exist.

Todd Dzhugashvili Sputnik
Todd Dzhugashvili Sputnik

Okay, you are an albino, whose days are numbered because your political party is a sorry excuse for pedophiles.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Law of Karma is dictating your hero Fuentes to hell haha.

Prawda
Prawda

So as long as Mahoney is for things you want then you can let the child molesting priests under his employment go without punishment? The childrens lives changed forever by rape is ok as long as he supported the "dream act" . Men molesting boys is rape, you know that. You would allow a priest to rape your child if that priest supported immigration?   You are kidding correct? 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

He'd be right at home with all the fascists and pedophiles the two of you love.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 Exactly. When Breitbart died, you didn't hear me say he covered up for pedophile priests...because he didn't.

Joe
Joe

Karma and Hell.................?????????????

Joe
Joe

He's not here to defend himself..........I don't know his story.........just that he's dead.........you my friend don't show a lot of class or fairness when attacking someone that's no longer able to defend himself......might as well beat up a disabled person.....same shit!

Joe
Joe

Mitch, is a current card carrying NAMBLA member...............

Prawda
Prawda

Mitch, explanation appreciated. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mitchie moron is pro-child molester, and ESPECIALLY pro-child molester protector. Don't be ashamed, pendejo: let your creep-flag fly!

mitch young
mitch young

Yes, I am anti both illegal immigration and child molestation. I really hate the not insignificant numbers of illegal alien child molesters. 

I was demonstrating much of the left wing media's position on Mahoney.

Todd Sputnik
Todd Sputnik

The actual Republikkkans had a saying "Töten sie die Juden!" -- exterminate the jews.  That was obviously too obvious and feckless for the right wing "Albino" gadfly commentator to the only newspaper to keep the outrageousness of the Kelly Thomas murder in play so that ultimately, the district attorney was forced to take action.

Todd Sputnik
Todd Sputnik

Bud and tug?  It's every Reseda resident's dream.

mitch young
mitch young

The actual Latinos had a saying "de mortibus nil nisi bonum" -- of the dead nothing but good. That's obviously too gracious and magnanimous for the 'Latino' editor of Orange Counties favorite place to find some bud and a tug.

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