Category Archives: Diocese of Owensboro
Minnesota Church Won’t Investigate Priest
February 11, 2011 9:50 PM
From the Link: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/02/11/minnesota-church-wont-investigate-priest/
Bloggers note: David Jarobe committed suicide because of this. He is one of the suicide victims I have reported on at my blog Voices From the Grave: Suicide Victims of the Catholic Church.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is not planning to investigate a priest from the state who was named in a Facebook posting by a man before he shot himself to death in a Kentucky church parking lot. But a Kentucky diocese plans to continue with its investigation of the man’s allegations.
Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath told The Messenger-Inquirer newspaper there was no justification for an investigation into the Rev. William Baer, former rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where David M. Jarboe had once been a student.
The 23-year-old Jarboe shot himself in the parking lot of Blessed Mother Catholic Church in Owensboro, Ky. on Feb. 3.
His Facebook posting mentioned Baer and two other priests, one of whom he praises, as well as pain as a result of sexual abuse in the church. The Kentucky man didn’t accuse a specific priest or other individual of abuse in the note.
“I mean, because he was critical of Father Baer in his Facebook post does not make the giant leap that he was responsible for whatever happened to him,” McGrath told the newspaper. “… Father Baer is one of our finest, most popular priests.”
McGrath said Baer was well-respected and was instrumental in St. John Vianney College Seminary’s growth when he was there.
The “poor bedeviled young man, for him to mention (Father Baer) in the same context with whatever may have happened to him is so unfortunate and so unfair,” the archdiocese spokesman said of Jarboe.
Jarboe mentioned three priests in the note. To the first one, whom he identified as Father Fedewa, Jarboe wrote: “Thanks for proving to me what dedicating your life to Christ can be like. Thanks for your service to the Church.”
To Baer, “you get no thanks. You are an evil man. Period.”
To the third, the Rev. Freddie Byrd, “I forgive you.”
Baer, now at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale, Minn., did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.
Byrd was pastor of Blessed Mother from 1998-2008. According to the diocese’s website, he is pastor of St. Peter of Antioch and Sacred Heart parishes in Waverly, Ky.
He declined to comment when reached by the newspaper at the St. Peter of Antioch church rectory Wednesday.
The Diocese of Owensboro announced Monday it is utilizing an independent investigator to examine the allegations made by Jarboe. The Daviess County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has asked the Owensboro Police Department to investigate as well.
The Diocese of Owensboro has been in contact with the Rev. Peter A. Laird, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, McGrath said.
Morganfield Priest to be Suspended
Published 06/10 2016 10:08PM
Updated 06/10 2016 10:08PM
From the Link: http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/morganfield-priest-to-be-suspended
Eyewitness News obtains a letter written by Bishop William Medley about an investigation into allegations made against Father Freddie Byrd, the Priest at St. Ann’s Parish in Morganfield.
The Bishop, saying in the letter, that an adult has come forward alleging Father Byrd had inappropriate contact with him back in 1983, when the man was just 17 years old.
According to the letter, Father Byrd was not a Priest at the time.
The Bishop continued in the letter saying:
“Even though this allegation dates back more than thirty years, It is the policy of the Catholic Church in the United States that even one substantiated allegation of abuse is cause for removal from the public ministry. We cannot consider this allegation substantiated, but the Diocesan Review Board believes this allegation to have sufficient merit to act immediately.”
Father Richard Powers will serve as Administrator Pro Tempore at St. Ann’s for the coming months.
The Owensboro Diocese recently suspended Fr. Gerarld Baker earlier this year amid allegations.
We will continue to follow this story.
Diocese Suspends Pastor After Sexual Abuse Allegations
From the Link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/diocese-suspends-pastor-sexual-abuse-allegations-39845731
The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has suspended a pastor after allegations that he sexually abused a juvenile in the 1980s.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ( http://bit.ly/1topael ) reports that the diocese suspended the Rev. Freddie Byrd after being notified of the allegation June 2. The Diocesan Review Board reviewed the complaint and recommended the suspension.
The diocese said in a statement Monday that the complaint accused Byrd of engaging in inappropriate conduct with a then-17-year-old in 1983. Byrd was not a priest at the time. Diocese spokeswoman Tina Kasey says the diocese has no connection with the alleged incident.
The diocese added that it is conducting its own investigation and has alerted law enforcement about the allegations.
Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Corey King says authorities aren’t conducting an investigation.