Former Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown Vouched For a Pedo-Priest Who Went on to Molest Kids in Salinas

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Wow, the pathetic legacy of former Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown just keeps getting pathetic-er and pathetic-er-er. The Weekly has obtained a copy of a letter that His Excellency wrote back when he was merely His Stupidity, when Brownie was a Reverend Monsignor at the Diocese of Monterey during the mid-1980s. It concerns one Gerald Funcheon, a guy who was looking for a job after getting driven out of Hawaii after parents complained he told boys he wanted to get naked with them. Before Hawaii, Funcheon had been pushed out of other parishes after similar complaints--and this was the man Brownie would vouch for?

You know it!

Funcheon is currently facing lawsuits by students who suffered at his grubby hands at Palma High School in Salinas, a school where the pedo-priest has already admitted to molesting boys. In a June 11, 1984 letter obtained by the Weekly, Brown--then the chancellor for the Monterey diocese--wrote to Funcheon's Crosier superiors that he would extend faculties (allow him to minister in another parish, in Catholic-speak) so he could be a chaplain at Palma. "Your evaluation of his ministry," Brown wrote, "is very encouraging."

HA! Documents at the time had already shown Funcheon's superiors were moving him from place to place, always one step ahead of angry parents. Heckuva job, Brownie!

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Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Some people say that schizophrenia is caused by unconscious sexual conflict.  It's estimated that 1 in 4 people in Ireland have been sexually abused and some say higher.  Ireland has the highest rate per capita of schizophrenia.  Ireland is predominantly Catholic.  God only knows how many priests and nuns in Ireland have been sexual abusers.  So, imo, the church is partly responsible for schizophrenia in Ireland.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

There's a lot of evil in the world.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Maybe it's related to why Ireland has the highest rate of schizophrenia.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

It's probably why the sexual abuse rate in Ireland is so high.  The church abuses people and then many of those people go on to become abusers as well.  Maybe some people who recognize themselves as pedophiles seek refuge in the church as nuns and priests...hoping to cure themselves, but they can't control themselves, so they abuse.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

I wonder about the percentage of the donation basket that goes to support, protect, defend and settle lawsuits for pedophiles.  It almost seems irresponsible to donate to the church.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

It would be cool if people protested by not putting money in the donation basket.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

This really bothers me.  If it was a corporation they would all be in prison for fostering and covering up crimes.  It makes me afraid of religion.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

There's an article in the Washington Post that says the problem in the church is homosexuality and not pedophilia.  That's insulting to homosexuals!  I think the problem is reading the Bible too much and not being allowed intimate relationships and having too much power over people. It isn't healthy.  It's a set-up for the mind to become perverse.  I wonder how much pedophilia there is in churches where they are allowed to have intimate partners.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Is the church ever charged as an accomplice to these pedophile priest crimes?

skibrs
skibrs

Ha, ha,  we put so much heat on Crosiers top officials at their national office they fled Minnesota !  Our reports indicate 17 of these pukes are accused - and it's a small religious order !  They are known to have been assigned to the "Most Dangerous School in the USA.' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlFxeK3v7JM

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