Rev Charles M Abdelahad, convicted perp priest scumbag still allowed to minister by Saliba. This is the sort of thing that Fathausen, Freddie M-G, Dreher, Reardon, Mattingly, et al all support… the clergy are our “superiors”, after all, in their eyes. Keep an eagle-eye peeled for this convicted shitbird… Saliba may move him around (he’ll rely on the “Black Wall of Silence” amongst the clergy to hide this turkey’s movements). Remember how the OCA “buried” Vinny Peterson’s arrest for DUI… Saliba’s trying to do the same here (for a far more serious offence).
The Rev Charles M Abdelahad, who took a voluntary leave of absence as pastor of St George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral last year after being charged with sexually assaulting a female parishioner, may have returned to his ministerial duties. Officials with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said yesterday that parishioners of St George’s told them that they have seen Rev Abdelahad working with choir members and taking part in worship services at Antiochian churches in Dedham and Norwood. David O’Regan, an official with the Worcester chapter of SNAP said at a Worcester Trial Court press conference said, “Why take the risk? That’s the question that Orthodox Church officials and members must ask themselves about Fr Abdelahad. Why let him be around vulnerable adults in a church setting, given his conviction on charges of assault and battery?”
Rev Abdelahad was sentenced to serve 90 days of a 2-year jail term at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction after being convicted in May of abusing a 45-year-old woman during counselling sessions held over a three-year period at the Anna Street church. He was specifically found guilty of one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot) and one count of assault and battery for biting her. Eight other charges were dismissed. Rev Abdelahad was scheduled to remain incarcerated until 28 August, but was released fifteen days earlier because of good behaviour. Mr O’Regan said the priest was spotted at St George Antiochian Church in Norwood and St John of Damascus Orthodox Church in Dedham.
O’Regan said that Rev Abdelahad… wearing clerical garb… was seen singing with the choirs and taking part in worship service in an area around the altar that is restricted to priests, noting, “We think he and church officials are testing the waters. The next thing he’ll be doing is giving homilies and distributing Communion”. He said SNAP objects to the priest’s return to ministry because the victim “deserves some peace of mind” and out of concern about other women in the churches who may be around Rev Abdelahad.
Mr O’Regan went on to say, “For this convicted violent criminal to have any title or position or appearance of power and legitimacy is problematic”. He said offenders take advantage of any role they are given to get close to other victims, stating,
“They use any position or title they have to prove to doubters that they’ve been ‘cleared’ or ‘rehabilitated.’ After conviction, they often take ‘baby steps’ to win back power and prestige, and sometimes end up in even more exalted positions than they already had”.
SNAP called on church officials to deny the convicted priest any role in church life. Church officials did not return a phone call seeking comment. The events surrounding Rev Abdelahad caused a rift at the local church between supporters and opponents.
25 September 2012
Bronislaus B Kush
Attend to THIS:
The events surrounding Rev Abdelahad caused a rift at the local church between supporters and opponents.
This means that this scumbag has supporters after he physically assaulted a parishioner! He was convicted in a court of law! He was sent to the slam! Yet, some idiots support this POS mofo. I’ll bet you that if there’s any converts in the parish, they support this trashy criminal… they’re all hyperclericalistic and kiss up to all clergy.
This moron served NINETY DAYS of a two-year sentence? That doesn’t sound right… that smells to high heaven (it’s a classic “Cook County Special”, isn’t it? Dick Daley would be proud). The fix was in somewhere… Saliba had some rich Arab spread some “oil” on the waters, no doubt, and he used some of his political clout (Saliba’s the most accomplished political log-roller amongst the Orthodox hierarchy here… it’s why he’s stayed on top so long).
Keep an eye out for this jabronie… Saliba’s probably going to move him around. Keep that picture posted and handy… he may show up at a friendly neighbourhood Antiochian parish near you…