Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bishop who sent witness out of country is facing criminal charges

Bishop Tod D. Brown of Orange County sent Monsignor John Urell out of the country before he could finish testifying in a child molestation lawsuit.

The lawsuit was settled, but the bishop faces criminal contempt-of-court prosecution.

Apparently Monsignor Urell was upset after testifying for half a day. Testifying about hiding crimes against children is stressful for priests. I guess high-ranking priests belong to a different culture than ordinary Catholics, for whom confession is a comforting and regular practice.

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