Priest molestation and other corruption inside the Catholic church has not a new knowledge for all of us.
We already published various news item regarding priest unbecoming behavior and other form of harassment.
And now, of the latest entry is the allegedly molestation of Dallas priest to three teenager more than a decade ago.
The Rev. Edmundo Paredes, longtime pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff, is under investigation for allegedly molesting three teenage boys in the parish more than a decade ago and stealing from the parish, churchgoers learned over the weekend.
After the news came out Paredes has fled and his whereabouts are unknown, though church officials think he may be in his native country of the Philippines, Bishop Edward Burns said at the conclusion of the 7:30 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. Cecilia.
The news regarding Paredes, who was pastor of St. Cecilia for 27 years, is only the latest revelation in the Catholic Church’s ongoing priest pedophilia scandal.
According to local news, independent investigations have revealed that members of the church hierarchy both turned a blind eye and actively engaged in covering up the actions of pedophiles in the priesthood.
Burns detailed the allegations against Paredes from the altar Sunday morning and planned to remain at St. Cecilia throughout the day to speak at Masses and talk to parishioners, he said.
“I need to come face to face with the frustration. I need to come face to face with this issue, with the anger, with the rage. I recognize this diocese cannot cover its ears, its eyes, its mouth. We need to look at this head on,” Burns said in an interview after Mass.
Parishioners lined up to speak to Burns after the morning Mass.
Paredes, a graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, is accused of molesting the boys during his service at St. Cecilia.
In May 2017, Paredes came under investigation by the church for stealing from his parish. Church officials estimate he stole $60,000 to $80,000 in cash.
The priest admitted to the financial misconduct and was suspended from the ministry and removed from St. Cecilia in June 2017, Burns said.
The parish of about 3,600 parishioners serves a largely Latino population and does not have the financial resources of larger parishes in northern Dallas.
After his suspension for financial irregularities, Paredes disappeared and may have left for the Philippines, though church officials do not know with certainty he is there.