Monday, February 21, 2011

Warnings ignored

Church ignored warnings about Fiala
By Abe Levy/
Published 12:35 a.m., Sunday, February 20, 2011
. The altar of Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Rocksprings. Father John Fiala is the subject of allegations of abuse of a Rocksprings boy.
By the time Father John Fiala arrived at a West Texas parish in 2005, he had amassed a two-decade ministry record so troublesome that Catholic leaders were feuding over ways to wash their hands of him.

Parishioners in Nebraska had told him to stay away from their adolescent sons. A psychologist said he was narcissistic, naïve and displayed potentially harmful sexuality.

Catholic authorities said Fiala deceived them about his behavior, yet he was transferred from parish to parish. He was suspended and not allowed to work as a priest in Nebraska. He later was reinstated in Texas.

Documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News reveal a rocky odyssey for a priest whose career began inconspicuously in the Midwest and collapsed with criminal charges and a lawsuit alleging the rape of a 16-year-old boy in Rocksprings.

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