Browsing: Bad Clergy

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Since at least 1947, when a religious community called the Servants of the Paraclete opened one of the first treatment centers for priests grappling with pedophilia and substance abuse, dioceses have often warehoused problematic priests.

The “rehab” facility closest to Houston is Splendora’s Shalom Center, whose website states, “We genuinely seek to create a spirit of Gospel compassion, a nonjudgmental atmosphere and a safe environment where healing and growth can happen.”

Here’s how it’s done.

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On the phone, the former Houston priest didn’t recognize the name of the 13-year-old boy he molested in 1978.

So much time has passed since that third encounter with the boy, in the Town & Country Village movie theater in Memorial City, where the priest slid his hand into the boy’s jeans and masturbated him. It’s hard to keep track of these things, and besides, the priest says, it’s old news.

Salisbury was one of more than a dozen priests named in a November 2016 press release by the local chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, as part of the group’s push for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to publicly identify, for the first time, all of its priests who’d been accused or convicted of crimes against children. Our cover story on the survivors .


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For months, Martin Villanueva would come out to his car wondering if the tires were slashed. On maybe a dozen occasions or more, they were. Evidence points to a priest who allegedly made sexual advances on Villanueva, who rejected them. Villanueva also set up a camera to catch the priest allegedly messing with his tires. Houston Press has the story.


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Ex-gang member/”Pastor” Michael Salman — who falsely cried persecution to any media outlet that would buy his story last year — is once again a convicted felon. Salman pleaded guilty to felony theft and felony forgery last week, as Salman, his wife, and his brother admitted to defrauding the state’s Medicaid program of more than $118,000. Phoenix New Times has the story.


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A longtime Minnesota pastor allegedly sexually abused men who came to him for help overcoming their homosexual urges. Ryan Muehlhauser, 55, faces eight felony charges for sexually abusing the men repeatedly over a two year period. One alleged victim says Muehlhauser would place his hands on his genital area and call the sensation “blessings.” City Pages has the full story.

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