Hearing news about priests having sired children is no longer news to me in the Philippines. After all, our own MARIA CLARA was the daughter of Pari Damaso in Rizal's novel, NOLI ME TANGERE.
This news shocked me because the priest involved is a Franciscan order , which members have vows of poverty, celibacy and simplicity. They are supposed to own nothing. But the Order agreed to pay a lifetime child support to the priest's son to one of its parishioners 22 years ago in exchange for confidentiality. Child Support normally ends when the child reachers the age of 18 or 21? The child is already 22 and is sick.
Nathan Halbach is 22, with a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. He knows that "horrible stuff" lies ahead.Filipino priest Convicted
His mother, Pat Bond, has been taking care of him full time. But when she needed help, she reached out to the Roman Catholic Church.
After all, his father is a priest.
Nathan was born in 1986, during a five-year affair between his mother and Father Henry Willenborg, the Franciscan priest who celebrated Nathan's baptism. The Franciscan Order drew up an agreement acknowledging the boy's paternity and agreeing to pay child support in exchange for a pledge of confidentiality.
Now her son -- the youngest of four children -- may have just weeks to live. And when the Franciscans balked at paying for his care, she decided she was no longer bound by her pledge of confidentiality.
In the year 2007, a Filipino priest was convicted of mail frauds and embezzlement of the Church funds. He sent the money to his wife Joyce Flores and three biological children.
RICHMOND - After continuously vowing to fight on, Fr. Rodney J. Rodis is now giving up. He has decided to enter a guilty plea.Rodis, a retired Filipino Catholic priest whose pension has been removed by the Richmond diocese and disowned by the church in the Philippines, entered his guilty plea during a hearing last week. He has been accused of stealing more than $500,000 from the Louisa county churches in Virginia that he headed and of sending the money to the Philippines.
He decided to enter the guilty plea before US District Judge Richard Williams on Oct. 27. Rob Wagner is Rodiss federal public defender.
Father Rodis, 51, was charged with eight counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. Twelve of the counts are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, one by up to 10 years.
According to federal prosecutors, Father Rodis embezzled money from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bumpass, Va., and St. Jude Church in Mineral, Va., from 2002 until last year. He purportedly wired at least $515,231 of the money to his native Philippines.
The Family Secret
One of our lady employees was a young troubled woman who was rehabilitated for drug addiction. She was doing fine after she separated from an abusive husband who gave her the green card. But she missed her only son who was left in custody to her in-laws.
She received a letter from her family who she did not see years after she run away with a married man to the US. The married man abandoned her to marry a US citizen after he divorced his wife in the Philippines.
Her father was dying. Before his death she learned the family secret...that she is not his daughter but a granddaughter. Her oldest sister was her mother who at age 16 was a celebrity and was impregnated by a priest. Her father had long been dead and her mother had already married with her own children. The sister/mother would not divulge the secret to her family. She wanted the family secret to die with the old man.
When she came back to the US, she was back to drugs. We had to let her go because she was already exhibiting mental illness caused by too much drug and depression.