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By Carl Hiaasen | May 12, 2009
The bad news for the Roman Catholic Church: Father Alberto Cuti?, the widely popular priest at St. Francis de Sales in Miami Beach, was photographed cavorting romantically on a Florida beach. The good news: He was with a woman, thank God, not an altar boy. Given the torrent of sordid revelations in recent years, the church should be positively giddy with relief that one of its rising stars was caught snuggling with a very adult-looking female. No apparent felony was in progress while Mr. Cuti?
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
The boy was 11 and full of religion, curiosity and hormones. The pastor was 46 and running St. Matthias in Lanham. The pastor gave the altar boy a cushy job in the rectory, answering the phones at the Catholic church.The kid could earn a few bucks, and his parents didn't have to worry about their firstborn working at a convenience or liquor store. Our boy -- chosen to be one of Father Schaefer's altar boys and given a job in the rectory. We'll keep his dinner hot for him and pick him up at the rectory at 9 p.m., his father thought.
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By Janice D'Arcy and Janice D'Arcy,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2005
A Roman Catholic priest who a decade ago publicly denied an allegation of sexual abuse has been accused of another series of incidents, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore. This time, a former Calvert Hall College high school student said the priest, Jerome F. Toohey Jr., abused him over the course of several years. Toohey, known as Father Jeff, has not been practicing as a priest since 1993, when he was first accused of abusing a young man. Toohey, 58, did not respond to a message left at his home yesterday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 23, 2003
A Baltimore Josephite priest who resigned from his post last year amid charges he molested a 14-year-old parishioner was indicted yesterday by a city grand jury in the alleged assault of the boy, court documents show. The Rev. Alfred Dean, 43, voluntarily stepped down as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore in September after the allegations surfaced. The Archdiocese of Baltimore had suspended his priestly duties in July. According to documents, Dean is accused of hugging and kissing the boy in April last year while they were in the rectory of the church in the 1500 block of E. Oliver St. The boy had gone to the rectory to visit a friend, documents show.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 11, 2001
Planned Parenthood of Maryland has a new president and chief executive officer, John Nugent, a former Jesuit priest who holds a master's degree in ethics from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Nugent has been a health care administrator for more than 28 years. His background includes work with programs in five states, and he also was executive director of the Hospice of North Idaho. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, teaching ethics, philosophy and religion.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 13, 2003
A former nun will not participate in the prosecution of a former Catholic priest whom she had accused of raping her in 1989 at St. Ambrose Church, the city state's attorney's office said yesterday. Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the office, said prosecutors received a letter last month from Rita D. Monahan indicating that after additional thought she did not wish to testify in a potential case against the Rev. Thomas R. Schwind, now a Pentecostal pastor in East Baltimore. "Based on correspondence from the victim that outlines her desire not to testify, the state will be unable to proceed, and the matter will be officially closed," Burns said.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1994
In yesterday's editions, a priest who resigned his pastorate near Annapolis after admitting adultery with a parishioner was incorrectly identified. He is the Rev. James R. Schaefer.The Sun regrets the error.A senior Roman Catholic priest has resigned as pastor of a large congregation near Annapolis after disclosing an adulterous relationship with a recently divorced woman who was a Eucharistic minister.The Rev. John R. Schaefer, 63, made the stunning announcement at all five Masses June 11 and 12 at St. Andrew by the Bay Church in Cape St. Claire.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 22, 2006
DUBLIN, Ireland -- The affair had all the makings of a first-class scandal: In a quiet corner of rural Ireland, a 73-year-old Roman Catholic priest admitted to fathering a child last year with a local schoolteacher. Smelling a good story, television crews rolled into the village of Woodford, in County Galway, and tabloid newspapers gleefully denounced "Father Romeo." On radio call-in shows and television current affairs programs, the affair has kick-started a national debate about the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy.
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By Angela Gambill and Angela Gambill,Staff writer | May 7, 1991
Morning after morning, people find their way to the Rev. Peter Caputo's spot at the counter in Chick and Ruth's deli in Annapolis, looking for money, information and affection.They never go wanting."You learn to read faces. Everybody you see is saying, 'Somebody please say something nice to me. Somebody please love me.' And Jesus Christ does," says Caputo. "All you have to do is accept that love."Caputo doesn't look much like an Anglican priest. In spite of the clerical collar, he looks more like the police chief he once was.He often doesn't sound like a priest either, bellowing show tunes andtrading witticisms with customers.
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By Kris Antonelli and Gary Gately and Kris Antonelli and Gary Gately,Sun Staff Writers | March 13, 1994
An attorney for a Roman Catholic priest denied yesterday allegations that the priest sexually abused a student he had counseled in the late 1980s.Kevin M. Kelly, a Las Vegas attorney representing the Rev. Jerome F. Toohey Jr., issued a detailed, two-page denial in response to a civil suit seeking millions of dollars that was filed Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court.The priest, a friend and former college classmate of Mr. Kelly, was unavailable for comment.The suit claimed that Father Toohey -- former president of the board of directors of John Carroll School in Bel Air and a former chaplain at Calvert Hall College high school in Towson -- "engaged in a course of conduct whereby he sexually, mentally, emotionally, verbally and physically abused" the teen.
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