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Tag: Catholic Church

FBI Offers $15,000 Reward After Fire Bombings of El Paso Catholic Churches That Served Hispanics

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for helping tracking down the arsonists responsible for setting fire to three Catholic Churches in El Paso that primarily serve Hispanics and migrants.

The first fire broke out May 7, when someone tossed an “incendiary device” at St. Matthew Catholic Church.

On May, another “incendiary device” was thrown at St. Patrick Cathedral. And on June 15, “an incendiary device” was into the San Judas Tadeo Catholic Church.

Authorities have yet to make any arrests.

No one was injured in the fires.

“We are counting on assistance from members of the community to keep our city safe,” the FBI said in a press release. “We are asking everyone to please remain vigilant for suspicious or unusual activity to include events and persons around you. To date, we have received numerous tips regarding this investigation and multiple law enforcement agencies are involved. Every lead will be thoroughly investigated. Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, we strongly encourage you to come forward and welcome your information and assistance. You do have the option to remain anonymous when providing assistance to this investigation.”

Former FBI Agent Hired by Buffalo Diocese to Investigative Abusive Priests

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent has been hired by the Diocese of Buffalo to investigate allegations against clergy.

Steven Halter, who served as a special FBI agent for nearly 30 years, will be the director of the diocese’s newly created office of Professional Responsibility, the Associated Press reports.

The western New York diocese has commander fire for Bishop Richard Malone’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Malone, under pressure to resign, acknowledged “past inadequacies” of handling complaints, but said he will not step down.

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Photos Showing Another Side ‘Whitey’ Bulger Includes a Priest Defrocked for Abusing Boys

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

But one photo showed Bulger relaxing on a sofa with a Catholic priest who had been defrocked for abusing young boys, ABC News reports.

The pictures were part of Bulger’s racketeering and murder trial as the defense winds down its arguments.

Other shots include Bulger with NFL hockey player Chris “Knuckles” Nilan holding the Stanley Cup, his two pet dogs and his girlfriend Catherine Greig.

“This is clearly an attempt to salvage his reputation. What other possible purpose is there to filing these kinds of documents?” Prosecutor Fred Wyshak said.

Today, Bulger must decide whether he’ll take the stand.

FBI Takes Over Embezzlement Investigation of Catholic Priest in Suburban Detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a Catholic priest in suburban Detroit accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from his church, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Troy police handed over the investigation of Rev. Edward Belczak, 67, a former pastor at St. Thomas More Parish in Troy for three decades, the Free Press wrote.

The Archdiocese of Detroit removed Belczak from his position after nearly three decades as allegations of financial improprieties surfaced.

Belczak is accused of padding his pay and bankrolling a ghost employee.