Wednesday August 12 2:22 PM EDT
Texas priests hired after suspensions
FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 12 (UPI) - A newspaper reports that a Catholic bishop in Fort Worth hired two priests after they had been suspended by dioceses in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The Dallas Morning News says in a copyright story today that Bishop Joseph P. Delaney defended the priests despite complaints of some parishioners to the Vatican and then retained them after they were convicted of crimes.
Bishop Delaney says he knows of no serious complaints about either priest in Texas and the hiring of the two men was handled properly.
The Rev. Philip Magaldi, who is now assistant pastor of a church near Fort Worth, was convicted in 1992 of stealing from a Providence, R.I., parish. He embezzled more than $120,000 and used some of the funds for tropical vacations with adolescent boys, The News says.
The second priest, the Rev. Thomas Teczar, spent time in a molestation treatment program and was fined in 1990 at Worcester, Mass. on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the report states.
Teczar was a priest in Texas until 1993 when he left after The News says he refused to answer questions from a grand jury investigating a child sexual abuse case in which two of his associates received 30-year prison terms.
The priests have made no comment on The News report.
Delaney says parishioners at St. John the Apostle Church in North Richland Hills near Fort Worth were advised of Magaldi's criminal record.
The News says Bishop Delaney kept Teczar in his post even after a written 1990 warning from the priest's former superior in Worcester, Bishop Timothy J. Harrington, that "he does not have my approval to function as a priest."
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