Priest Problems in Southern Illinois
|Priest commended for having legal female|
heterosexual pornography on laptop.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, Fr. Bernardine Nganzi, originally from Uganda, was removed from his post in Lawrenceville, IL several months ago. He is currently living in another parish 45 miles away. The reason? Pornography featuring legal Asian teens was discovered on his laptop computer.
But Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton is not convinced Nganzi is the guilty party. A statement released by the chancery, said some of the pornography "may have been" downloaded while Fr. Nganzi was celebrating Mass. Fr. Nganzi did not always have exclusive control of the laptop and the password was on a piece of paper on the bulletin board in the office.
Some parishioners remain unconvinced of his innocence. They point out that everyone knew the laptop was for his exclusive use. They have raised a separate issue of $50,000 which does not seem to be accounted for. They say Bishop Braxton told them if they did not want "Fr. Bernie," they would not be getting another priest.
The Bear could probably win this case in a court of law where the standard is beyond a reasonable doubt, "the highest standard of proof known to the law," as the Bear always dramatically impressed upon the jury.
Now, outside of a criminal trial, when it comes to personnel matters? Well, all the Bear can say is that he hates it when his personal laptop gets filled up with Asian teen porn and he doesn't know it, don't you? (The search engines ought to bring an entirely new audience to SCB.)
U.S. Church Still Playing Shell Game With Problem Priests
In another Belleville Diocese story, Rev. Peter Balili was sent back to the Philippines from two small parishes in southern Illinois (Christopher and Sesser) without explanation. Fr. Balili and been shuffled to southern Illinois from a parish in California after being dismissed for having inappropriate Facebook contact with students.
Did you really believe the Church had given up the old shell game?