Not in Good Standing

A Houston priest is suspended after decades of molestation accusations

"That was just a complete mistruth," she says of Pennington's claims, "because he had never spoken to me, my father, my mother, my sister, and nobody at the [Diocese] of Fort Worth or Galveston ever contacted any of my family. The Dominicans never contacted any of my family. I mean, all of it is not true."

She says the only time anyone asked her and her sister about their allegations was in 1993, when someone from the Fort Worth diocese took their statements. She later learned that Tu was sent to rehab in New Mexico. She never knew he remained in the ministry.

Of course, the easiest way to solve this puzzle is for the Dominicans or the dioceses to release the details of the investigation. Until then, the sisters and everyone else will just have to take their word for it.

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