In 2008 civil suit, a man alleged he was abused at age 14 by Skelton, a seminary student, and by Fr. Stallings. in the summer of 1984. The youth was helping Stallings remodel rectory at St. Teresa of Avila & staying in the rectory's attic to avoidlong commute. Case settled 10/09 for $125K. In 1988, he resigned from seminary in MI after pleading guilty to abusing a 15 yr old boy in seminary room. Ordained for Tagbilaran Diocese in Philippines and still working there as of 10/09.
The Philippine Bishops need to act on this. I'm sure Fr. Skelton may have done great things in his work there, but he shouldn't be left in public ministry dealing with kids. They've supposedly known there since 2003. It would have been FAR WISER to quietly retire him from public duty long before now.
The US Bishops made this exact mistake dealing with priests in years past. They hoped if they prayed hard enough, maybe the priest had changed and wouldn't do it again. Most of the time, the priests re-offended doing TERRIBLE DAMAGE to the credibility of the Church.
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