In another stunning reminder of how being a Catholic priest is one of the best ways to pull a piece of underage ass, a Roman Catholic order will pay a Houston woman $1.35 million to settle a suit over a priest she says sexually abused her from the ages of roughly 15 to 17, resulting in a pregnancy. The alleged abuse that allegedly resulted in an alleged baby took place between 1981 and 1983, when the woman, identified in the suit as Jane Doe, was “living with her mentally ill mother in an abandoned house in Houston,” according to the Associated Press’s report.
The AP account goes on to state that the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate of Texas (MOMIT?) responded to the woman’s 2006 lawsuit by arguing that the statute of limitations had expired, and that the order had “used due dilligence” to put a leash on Father Antonio Hernandez Gonzales.
According to BishopAccountability.org, these stern warnings included missives like this one from 1963, in which an order Provincial wrote to Gonzales, “Because of the many proven instances and accustions made against you by various people of the parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Houston, and many suspicious incidents associated with you in Brownsville and Austin, in the nature of embracing and kissing and fondling women and girls, I hereby issue you a canonical warning to desist from such acts…”
Boo-yah! A canonical warning! Take that, bitch!
As usual, Gonzales was bounced from parish to parish until he was forced into retirement in 1985, and defrocked in 1987.
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According to the AP’s report, the Houston woman who filed the 2006 suit, identified as Jane Doe, called Gonzalez in 2003 to say, “This is [Jane], the girl that you left pregnant in Houston,’ and he said, ‘I’m so sorry. I left a lot of girls pregnant. Can you tell me more about you?’” – Craig Malisow