Posts Tagged ‘catholic’

Forgive Me Father, for it Has Been 6 Days Since My Last Fix: Priest Busted for Selling Cocaine on Illinois University Campus

September 14, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — A Catholic priest on the University of Illinois campus has been charged with selling cocaine from his church office and rectory.

The Rev. Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.

The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office. His bond was set at $50,000.
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The Catholic Diocese of Peoria said it has suspended Layden.

His attorney, Mark D. Lipton, did not immediately respond to an after hours message seeking comment.

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Irony: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sues Whirlpool for putting a parish in “unreasonable risk of harm.” No, unlike former priests, the Whirlpool man didn’t sexual abuse 100’s of children while Whirlpool officials did nothing.

July 2, 2008

Allegedly, a defective Whirlpool refrigerator causes a serious fire at a parish and Whirlpool knew about it, but didn’t prevent it. So, the Boston Archdiocese is suing for $10 million. They’re probably short on funds after having to kick out $150.8 million in sexual abuse lawsuits and related costs since 2002. More on that scandal here.

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston claims in a $10-million lawsuit filed against Whirlpool Corp. that a faulty refrigerator caused a fire that destroyed a Weymouth, Mass., church.

The complaint filed in Norfolk Superior Court alleges Sacred Heart Church was destroyed on June 9, 2005, because of Whirlpool’s negligence.

The complaint claims the Michigan company knew it subjected the 134-year-old church to an “unreasonable risk of harm.”

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