Another Church scandal: Priest sued for affair

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A man has sued his wife and her supposed lover, a Catholic priest, for alleged adultery and unjust vexation at the Angeles City prosecutor’s office.

The man on Wednesday went ahead with filing the complaint although Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, head of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga, had suspended Fr. Jeffrey Louie Maghirang in July after receiving the complainant’s appeal, according to Fr. Larry Sarmiento, head of the archdiocese’s conciliation and arbitration committee.

Adultery carries a penalty of eight years to 12 years in prison.

The controversy broke out as Aniceto was less than a year away from mandatory retirement.

Maghirang, who was just in his first year in the priesthood, could not be reached for comment. “He’s in a discernment period,” Sarmiento said, assuring that the priest would appear in court hearings.

“We will not obstruct justice because we preach truth,” said Sarmiento, the designated spokesperson in the case.

This is known to be the first case in the 50-year-old archdiocese that has reached the court although members of the laity have information about priests who have sired children, keep families, practice homosexuality, abuse minors, gamble habitually or mismanage finances.

In at least two cases, Aniceto is known to give his erring priests chances to reform.

The complainant asked not to be named to protect his son. Last Sept. 20, the court approved an arrangement for the man and his wife to share custody of the boy.

Married in 2009, the couple has separated, with the man blaming the priest for turning a “once happy family into a miserable one.”

In the three-page complaint released to Inquirer on Friday, the man submitted proof of the alleged illicit affair that he said he documented through electronic gadgets he installed in the family’s computer.

He claimed to have confirmed the romantic relationship of the two last April.

To convince the priest’s immediate superior, Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, to believe him, the man showed a text message, with the priest purportedly saying, “Sige na babes, sleep na tayo, gagawa pa ko ng homily (Let’s sleep babes, I still have to make my homily).”

In the complaint, he said the priest should be dismissed, saying his “continuous service in the priesthood would destroy the high respect of Catholics and other religious members of our society to the Catholic religion.”

The complainant served as a member of the Knights of the Altar when he was a boy. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Pulis Na Pogi

    ayan, relihiyon ng mga demonyo.  naglalabasan na ang totoo!

    • Anonymous

      Your statement is irrational as the allegation that PNP is a department of demons because there are some abusive and corrupt police officers.

      • Pulis Na Pogi

        di ko naman itinataggi na maraming demonyo sa pnp a.  baka isa na nga ako dun e.  kaso, never na sinabi ng pnp na banal kami.  unlike sa mga pari.  mga ipokrito!

      • Anonymous

        Every human life is holy because it comes from God. Your life is holy whether you claim it or not. That’s why we don’t demonize other people.

      • Pulis Na Pogi

        good for you is you believe in it.  but your priests say otherwise.  why is it that excommunication remains a threat?  and why is it that masons cannot receive the final blessings even in death?  catholiscism does consider some lives unholy and unworthy.  read history.  it is continuing until today.

  • Anonymous

    Let the truth come out through the judicial process.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BLVKWQR77VJKMEZWS4GIMLGOY Edzel

    At gusto ninyo akong maniwala sa mga madre na mabuti ang hangarin nila sa pagsasabi sa mga justices ng supreme court na mag-resign?  Mga hindot nyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VN2FJAJPA4UKGVPIY4MI4R6PEM Magsisi

    Time to clean up the church too. Like my call to clean up the judiciary. Panahon na para ituwid ang mga mali. Remember ang prediction ng Mayan, the world will end Dec 21, 2012.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GROD22VFSTVQFSW5HHPGBLSCPM Patryck

    waaaa… kala mo ang linis linis ng simbahan pag naging kritiko sa gobyerno…. lumalabas na din baho niyo….. kunwari pang against sa RH bill,,,wahahaha…

  • Anonymous

    As a Roman Catholic reading this kind of news makes me feel ashamed, hurt and anger that until now some of our priests tempted to do this kind of unimaginable sin. Having taught during college days that true faith is tested not in the good happenings of your church but when it is challenge by events that shaken your faith. Yes they are human too like us prone to commit mistakes but its not an excuse. I hope that the Church officials would do their very best to sanctioned this priest and let him leave the priesthood before the damage becomes worse. I believed the Catholic Church are not blind nor tolerated this sex scandal issues, they just could not found the answer yet how to prevent from this happening again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HHMVHRTTEYTBTIL2NHR6GEEA2E Amor

    proven na ang mga tao ay maka-pari..:(
    nakakalungkot lang isipin na “kung” totoo man ang sinasabi ng complainant about the priest, masyado na ata na judge ang roman catholic..think like isa lang yung pari sa mga ordinaryong tao…ang hirap kasi saten pag sinabing priest vulnerable na ang tingin sakanila..somehow isipin naman  naten side nila..TAO SILA NAGKAKAMALI..OO ISA SILA SA MGA LEADER NG SIMBAHAN..PERO NASA TAO PA RIN YAN KUNG ANO PANINIWALAAN..

  • http://twitter.com/CortezMara Blue Princess

    I don’t want to judge the priest…As a catholic we should know our limitation in interacting with them!According to one of our Archbishop “Your priest are blessings.Love them but do not fall in love with them”.That girl should be ashamed on her acts!She should be a good model to her son.About the complainant…it’s a male ego i guess!but did you ever ask yourself why your wife did that to you!?Let’s not judge the priest…Let the truth prevail!

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