By Michael Baumann
An astute reader of this blog provided a website that has a photo of Father Tetherow. While Tetherow is prohibited from presenting himself as a Catholic Priest, he is doing just that. He is also listed as an “Ultimate Service Provider Priest” on Dave Romeo’s Ultimate Service Providers Referral List. I did a screen grab of the site to make sure I had it just in case it somehow changed in the next couple of days. You know how frequently web pages are adjusted after all.
So here he is folks, Father Gabriel, A.K.A Father Virgil Bradley Tetherow, formerly a priest in the Diocese of Scranton. Father Gabriel pleaded guilty in a case where child pornography was found on church computers at St Ann’s Church in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. As a result of an investigation into the incident, Father Gabriel pleaded out to lesser charges and received two years probation. His case is allegedly now with the Vatican to determine his status as a Roman Catholic Priest. Although he has been prohibited from wearing clerical garments and acting as a priest, “Father” Gabriel is now ministering at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission. This Catholic Mission is a schismatic church in York, Pennsylvania operating without the approval of the Diocese of Harrisburg.
To quote the write up for “Father Gabriel” on the Ultimate Service Providers website:
Father Gabriel Tetherow
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission
129 South Beaver Street
York, PA 17401
Phone: (717) 309-8866
Specialty Providing the Traditional Latin Rite Mass to the Diocese of Harrisburg
Dave’s Comments: I first met Father Tetherow in 2006. He is a warm, compassionate, and approachable priest who immediately connects with people. He is extremely devout and knowledgeable in his faith and he is one of the finest speakers I have ever heard. His sermons are meaningful, inspirational and unforgetable.
I bet Dave would not be so effusive in his praise of this “priest” if he were aware of Father Gabriel’s appreciation for photos of children in various stages of undress and in sexual situations which are most inappropriate for children.
Perhaps we should let Dave Romeo know that many of us are not pleased with a priest who engaged in the types of behaviors let led to his entering a guilty plea in court. We are also not happy that this man is conducting himself as a priest in open defiance of an order by the Bishop of Scranton to cease doing so.
Send Dave Romeo an email and let him know what you think about Father Tetherow.
Thanks to NEPA Catholic for the tip on the photo and the web location for “Ultimate Provider” Tetherow. Let’s keep the spotlight squarely on this threat to children in the York, Pennsylvania area.
More information on Father Tetherow and his troubles at St Ann’s can be found at: