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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Priest in sex scandal sacked

Talk about "irony"... a priest, who's supposed to be bound by a vow of celibacy, has sexual relations with a married woman and perhaps because he "abhors" artificial contraception as espoused by the Catholic Church, he got her pregnant and then forces her to have an abortion!

More than the irony of it all, this is simply reality in all its fallen glory...

Priest in sex scandal sacked

By Margaux Ortiz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 07:02:00 06/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines—A Catholic priest from Dipolog City has been sanctioned and restricted to the convent for alleged sexual misconduct while serving in a United States parish.

Bishop Jose Manguiran of the Diocese of Dipolog has revoked the priestly offices and functions of Fr. Reynaldo M. Pardillada, 37, who is accused of having an illicit affair with a married Filipina while serving at the Epiphany Church in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Pardillada was last week expelled by the Archbishop of Newark after the New Jersey-based 32-year-old Filipino woman, who also happened to be from Dipolog, reported the affair to church authorities.

The woman complained of suffering emotional and physical abuse at the hands of Pardillada whom she first met as a visiting balikbayan in Dipolog in November 2005.

She said she finally summoned the courage to complain against Pardillada when he got her pregnant twice and forced her to abort the babies. She said she also suffered one miscarriage.

In an interview posted at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website, Manguiran said he was imposing sanctions on Pardillada and restricting him to the church convent in Dipolog.

The Dipolog bishop said he has written to the Newark Archbishop apologizing for Pardillada’s conduct.

Before being transferred to the Archdiocese of Newark, Pardillada was assigned for more than a year as a “formator” at the Saint Mary’s Seminary in Gango, Ozamiz City.


Blogger Personof+ said...

Sad, it's all the mask priests have to wear. I feel sorry for us. Parishioners expect us to be perfect when we are not. I think we encourage it also. It's just so sad that we all have to go on this merry-go-round. It does not have to be this way. It's not Christian.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a former co-worker of Pardillada. It never seemed that he was sneaking around. He was always a very holy and sometimes naive man in the few weeks I worked with him.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are all human beings,capableof doing crazy stuff,but what he's been doing is far out.He should face the consequences.

7:38 AM  
Blogger rmacapobre said...

just sacked??? he should be in jail .. or is forcing mothers to abort their babies not illegal in the philippines ..

12:28 AM  

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