Filipino priest under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of minors, adding to nationwide count of publicly accused Catholic clergymen

A Filipino priest under investigation for allegedly molesting 3 teenage boys more than a decade ago in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas has gone missing.

Reverend Edmundo Paredes – a pastor for 27 years at the St. Cecilia Church in Oak Cliff – also admitted to stealing $60-80,000 cash from the parish in 2017.

Paredes has reportedly fled Texas, and his whereabouts are unknown.

St. Cecilia’s Bishop Edward Burns made these allegations public during a mass on Sunday, in light of last week’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court report detailing the abuses allegedly committed by 300 Catholic predator priests to a thousand children.

“It is our belief that he left the country and returned to the Philippines. We’ve contacted authorities there in the Philippines, and we have heard back from them the past week. They don’t know his location. We’re in the process of hiring a private investigator to locate Edmundo Paredes.”

The report written by 23 grand jurors painted a complete picture of the widespread sexual abuses and coverups in the Catholic churches in Pennsylvania.

“Today, Pennsylvanians can learn the extent of sexual abuse in these dioceses,” said PA Atty. General Josh Shapiro. “For the first time, we can begin to understand the systematic cover-up by church leaders that followed. We need you to hear this.”

While it seems like no Filipino priests were specifically identified in the Pennsylvania grand jury sex abuse report– the database of publicly accused priests in the U.S. has listed a number of Filipino priests with allegations of sexual abuses U.S.-wide, including one Reverend Armand Garcia from Philadelphia.

No charges have been filed against Garcia, but he was placed on leave last March – after he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor at the St. Martin of Tours parish in the Summerdale section of Phildelphia.

The parish of St. Martin of Tours deferred ABS-CBN News’ inquiries regarding Father Garcia to the Archidiocese of Philadelphia.

In response to the grand jury report, the archdiocese of Pennslyvania — in a statement – said that while studies have shown that sexual abuse has plagued sports, public institutions, entertainment industry and politics – it will remain focused on ensuring that children are protected and wrong-doers are reported to law enforcement.

Other Filipino priests listed in the bishop accountability website include several Filipino priests from the Philippines accused, sued or convicted of molesting boys and girls much younger than they are.

Many of the abuse cases took place in California.

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