Former Dixon priest cleared of wrongdoing now works in St. Charles


ATTENTION. IF ANY PRIEST IS CLEARED, RAPE VICTIMS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL IN FACT POST FOLLOW UPS TO THEIR STORIES. I AM SEEKING JUSTICE, NOT A KANGAROO COURT.

Former Dixon priest cleared of wrongdoing now works in St. Charles

BY DAVID GIULIANI – dgiuliani@saukvalley.com

Created: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:45 a.m. CDT

From the link: http://www.kcchronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2013/09/04/19801916/index.xml

This is a follow-up to a posting on this blog from the link: https://rapevictimsofthecatholicchurch.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/priest-removed-from-church-citing-investigation-into-his-computer/#comment-3014

ST. CHARLES – A former Dixon priest has returned to the ministry after law enforcement authorities cleared him of wrongdoing in a computer usage investigation, the area’s Catholic bishop said.

In March, the Diocese of Rockford relieved the Rev. John Gow of St. Patrick Parish in Dixon as a result of the investigation, Bishop David Malloy of Rockford said in a statement. It was done as a precaution while Gow and the diocese cooperated with authorities, the bishop said.

Gow has now been assigned as associate pastor at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles. He started Sunday.

“Father Gow is returning to the full exercise of his priestly duties and deserves the total restoration of his good name and reputation,” Malloy said. “The information that prompted the investigation was baseless.”

Malloy’s statement was read Sunday during weekend Masses at St. Patrick.

“I wish to thank the parish family of St. Patrick in Dixon for your support of Father Gow during these difficult months,” Malloy said. “In addition, I am grateful to Father Gow for his cooperation and patience during this time.”

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said his department conducted a full investigation of Gow. It was based on information that Gow had downloaded child pornography on an electronic device, the chief said.

Officers executed a search warrant to look at all of Gow’s devices and found no child pornography, Langloss said. The department got help from a computer forensics team from the attorney general’s office.

The diocese and Gow cooperated with the police, Langloss said.

In previous interviews, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said she couldn’t confirm or deny investigations. An online court record shows that the state’s attorney’s office was involved in a subpoena related to Gow earlier this summer, but no other details were available.

Gow was ordained in 2008.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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