Tetherow’s Story Continues

 

Tetherow
“Father” Tetherow, convicted felon

The York Daily Record released a story on Virgil Bradley Tertherow, one of the convicted priests who was listed in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Grand Jury Report (his story is covered on page 872 in the Diocese of Scranton section).

By the looks of the number of search engine inquiries and hits on my collection of posts on this particularly creepy con artist, there is a renewed interest in this collector of child pornography.  A man continually changing his name and denying his felony conviction is an indicator of something, isn’t it?

He is still operating as a “Priest” in a “Traditional Rite Catholic Church Cult called the “Saint Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church” in Lower Windsor Township where he is going by the name “Father Gabriel.”  There a delusional congregation has swallowed his ridiculous story of how he was set up because of his adherence to the Traditional Latin Mass. They have a FaceBook group that is full of pictures of this rogue “priest.”    These people are in denial despite the overwhelming evidence of this man’s guilt to include copies of official court records and his own admission of guilt.  Bishop James Timlin gave this man his first opportunity to operate in the Diocese of Scranton.

This is a particularly unsettling article. You may want to shower after reading it!

I am looking forward to the next slug of hate mail from his cult supporters in Central Pennsylvania.

The number for calling the rectory of his church is (717) 758-3947.

So how do I do this again?

This year has been full of trials, disappointments and setbacks.  It also has been full of discovery, new friends, old friends and the promise of new adventures.   2013 has been a hard year and I don’t mind saying I am glad to see it go.

I have not written much on this blog this year.  Fits and starts mostly.  I watch the news and I watch the continuing saga of people in positions of authority abusing children or vulnerable adults.  I read what is put out there by groups trying to reform the church and I see the Pope is even offering to reach out to survivors.  I still see that the institutions that these predators work within still look at the sexual crimes and damage to actual human beings as part of a risk management calculation.  I still see legislation withering while politicians genuflect to special interests to keep justice from those that deserve it.

Last week I threw a few lines out there and the first response was allegedly from a predator wanting to taunt me and others.  The email (posenti3@yahoo.com) was familiar, a pseudonym based on an Italian saint.  Oddly, Gabriel Possenti is the patron saint of “handgunners”.  A veiled threat, perhaps.  It would have been more of a threat if the author had spelled the saint’s name correctly.  I guess being “Mr. Oregon” in his youth (not that there is any record of that honor) did not require the ability to spell the name used for “extracurricular” online activities.  Activities that led to his pleading guilty of charges related to child pornography.  Yeah, I know you are still out there.  I know you are doing your taunting from your schismatic church.

How do I start doing this again.  I just listen to the taunting of those who think that they will get away with the crimes they have committed.  I just start looking at the new, credible allegations that keep coming.  I look at the Pennsylvania State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman, Ron Marsico who is actively quashing statute of limitations reform.  That obstruction allows a credibly accused Catholic Priest by the name of Guy Marsico to be beyond the reach of his victims.  I think I need to research this potential conflict of interest. Is “Marsico” that common a name in Central PA?

There is still much to be done.  I guess I need to keep writing until I have more answers.

Con Artist, Gabriel Tetherow Continues His Career of Deceit

I am getting tired about writing about this guy. It seems our favorite connoisseur of kiddie porn wearing a Roman Collar is at it again, this time allegedly living in a basement of a house owned by a man named Art Noel in Dover, Pennsylvania. ( I guess that is better than living in a van down by the river.)

I do not understand how anyone can be gullible enough to give this man quarter? How does he continue to act as a priest when he has been ordered to stop? How do people not see through this creep?

It seems that “Father” Tetherow is professing that he is innocent of the charges related to child pornography, despite his guilty plea. Yes, he pled guilty to using a computer in the rectory of St. Anne’s Parish in the Diocese of Scranton for downloading child porn. But the “good father” is saying he pled out because he was set up by the diocese, or the police, or the boogie man. He has also claimed that the other priest in the rectory is guilty of the crime and that he was only protecting the seal of confession for the other priest. So what we have here is either that he is lying to keep his little band of “faithful” paying his bills, buying into his ultra conservative and way out of the mainstream Catholicism or he is breaking the seal of confession by telling people he was protecting the other priest who confessed within the confines of the sacrament of penance. In summary he is either a liar (say it ain’t so) or he is violating his holy orders. Oh yeah, I forgot, he has been ordered to stop presenting himself as a priest and cease any ministry.

He seems just too important to tell the truth, maintain his silence and follow holy orders. He has snowed other schismatic organizations before. Just ask Chairman Dave in York about how this “priest” misrepresents himself in order to advance his personal ambition.

Once again, Tetherow is trying to open a school. And his “flock” seems to be going along. The reader of this blog that alerted me to the latest misadventure of the basement dwelling convicted priest has sought assistance from the Diocese of Scranton and local media to expose this potential predator. But no allies are to be had.

If you live in the Dover, Pennsylvania area, be aware of this wolf wearing a roman collar. Remember, Evil may come dressed to confuse you and to deceptively earn your trust. Do you really want this man to have access to your children?

The only thing that evil needs to prosper is for good people to do nothing. In Dover, nothing is being done. I wonder how this will all end? I wonder who will have to sacrifice the innocence of a child to this monster before the community realizes the true danger in the basement.

My prior posts on Tetherow include:
The friend of my enemy is my enemy…“Father” Gabriel Tetherow – “Ultimate Service Provider!”
Letters, we get letters…A Few Last Thoughts on the Chairman of Sts. Peter and Paul Mission’s Hateful Letters and Articles
AngelQueen.org
Father Gabriel, Former “Mr. Oregon”?
Another York Cult Member Writes In…
More information on Father Tetherow and his troubles at St Ann’s can be found at:

Scranton Times-Tribune article from February 12, 2005

Star-Ledger article from March 18,2005
Scranton Times-Tribune article from March 18, 2005

Updates

While I have been a little under the weather recovering from a minor surgical procedure last week, I have been looking at some unfinished business.  So let me cover a couple of updates in this post before the night gets away from me.

  1. Still nothing official from SNAP.  The post that I put up over the summer took off and inspired an impressive number of comments, some of which I could not put up on the blog.  David Clohessy promised to get back with me over some issues.  But that did not happen.  I have been reading the SNAP site a little more closely and I have some comments that will form the basis of a separate post very soon. The only “SNAPper” I heard from was “Bob” in MN.  Bob, a real pit bull of a fellow, was quick to pick a fight but even quicker to reveal himself to be a bully.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did call him a “moron” in an email.  (Horrors!).  I did see one of his “movies” making fun of and attacking a victim of clergy sexual crimes.  I was impressed at the fact that a SNAP “Leader” was attacking a victim, it seems to show the mettle of the man and the organization.
  2. “Father” Virgil  Tetherow,  you may know him by a myriad of other names, seems to have taken up residence with a family in Dover, Pennsylvania after his “removal” from his position at the schismatic Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania.  A reader, familiar with that area in Pennsylvania, reports that Tetherow has told the locals that he  is “between churches”.  Interesting concept considering the shortage of priests in the Catholic Church.  For a moment I think he may have forgotten that he was forbidden from representing himself as a priest or ministering.  I guess that has slipped his mind and I bet he has not let his little home bound flock know that he has a past criminal record.  According to my source he is saying mass in the home for a small community of “faithful” in the home in which he is a guest.  Does the Diocese of Harrisburg track this guy?  Does the Diocese of Scranton?  He is one of their rogue priests after all!
  3. No word yet on my defection request from the Catholic Church.  The request went to the Diocese of Brooklyn about a month ago.  An official with the Diocese of Scranton acknowledged the receipt of a copy of my request, but they cannot act on it.  I am waiting on Bishop  “Nicky the Don” DiMarzio to set me free.  A second request will be going out by registered mail tomorrow.
  4. I am retooling the letter I sent to the U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania requesting an investigation into the Diocese of Scranton and the support for predator priests in that See at the expense of victims and at considerable, albeit hidden, costs to the parishioners in the Diocese.  More on that in an upcoming post
  5. The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Scranton has asked me to come meet the bishop.  I would like for her to offer me a reason on why I should make the trip.  What exactly is the Bishop willing to do.  If the offer is for me to sit and explain my feelings and tell him what happened, I recommend you let him read my blog.  If he wants to offer to make a real and significant change in the way the Diocese deals with survivors, I am willing to have the conversation.
  6. I am looking at options to set up a blog roll for people who put out blogs like this one.  I will have more once I have the technology issues resolved.

That is all for the moment.  I have a day before I return to work .  Starting in October I have an ambitious travel schedule over a 10 month window  for a leadership program I am participating in related to my job.  I hope some of the things I pick up there I can apply here.  Maybe I can recommend some training to the leadership of SNAP.

Tetherow is now Garbiel Francis! And now he is building a school?

Just when you thought the story couldn’t get more bizarre …

Virgil Tetherow, Gabriel Tetherow, Brad Tetherow, Gabriel Posenti, all names used at one time or another by a convicted connoisseur of kiddie porn, Father Gabriel Francis. The same guy who was recently fired from his position with the schismatic Catholic Group at the Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania has reinvented himself again and hung out his shingle at the newly created St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Chapel in Dover, Pennsylvania. It looks like he and some other breakaway members of Sts Peter and Paul RMC have taken the school money from the RMC in York and run to a new location. Or perhaps the heat was too much and the two organizations are working together to avoid having to explain the fact that their “priest” is a convicted felon and has been ordered by the Diocese of Scranton to stop presenting himself as a Catholic priest or to minister as a Catholic priest.

Dover is just a few miles northwest of York, Pennsylvania, still within the Diocese of Harrisburg, although I would imagine that this group is also operating outside of the control of that See.

It looks like the newly renamed “Father Gabriel Francis” intends to open a school with the freshly formed schismatic group in Dover. This would seem to be the perfect project for a guy who gets his jollies looking at naked children.

My question to the readers is this, why would anyone allow this man, who keeps changing his name, near any project that would put him in close contact and perhaps let him be alone, unsupervised with children? If this man was legitimate, why does he have to keep changing his name?  Is it so difficult for these ultra-conservative Catholic groups to find a priest in good standing that they are willing to accept the services of a man who has been removed from ministry in the Catholic Church, especially one with a proclivity for sexual desires for children?

Dover, Pennsylvania, be warned! Roman Collar crime has taken up residence in your community and the intention is to open a school that may provide victims for a potential pedophile priest.

Thanks to the reader who provided the lead on this story!

Dr. Dave Retracts his support of Virgil Bradley Tetherow

Doctor David Drew recently retracted his support of rogue priest Virgil Tetherow.  Dr. Drew is the chairman of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania.  The mission is a schismatic church based on the Catholic tradition that predates Vatican II.  Dr. Dave has been practicing the art of character assassination on anyone who disagrees with his beliefs, opposes his church or takes issue with his organization hiring a priest convicted on child pornography related charges while assigned to a parish in the Diocese of Scranton.

It appears that “Father Tetherow” was released from the employ of the Mission.  He is the second known priest employed by the mission that has a documented history of inappropriate/illegal behavior involving children.

Dr. Dave issued the letter below on the website, Angelqueen.org, a forum for conservative Catholics who practice their faith through the Latin Rite Mass.  This website was also the venue used by Dr. Dave to launch a vicious personal attack on me after I published a number of blog posts on the subject of Virgil Tetherow and his past activities.

A reader pointed me to this letter.  It seems that Dr. Dave does not take penance seriously, he did not offer an apology directly  to those whom he has offended. Instead he took the cowardly course and listed his retraction on a website that many would never stumble upon.

Here is Dr. Dave’s Retraction (from Angelqueen.org):

Retraction of my defense of Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow offered with a public apology:

I first met Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow when he was a Franciscan seminarian and was favorably impressed. I believed him to be honest and upright of character. When he told me that he was innocent of intentionally downloading child pornography and was not able to defend himself against these charges without compromising the confessional seal, I made an effort to examine the particulars of his case and found sufficient circumstantial evidence to support a reasonable doubt to question the truth of the charges against him. His excuse for entering a plea bargain with the prosecution was simple moral weakness, seeking an end to an ugly situation while lacking financial and diocesan support. Human failures of this kind, although not approved, are understandable. My decision to defend Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow was grounded firstly and primarily upon the personal worth of his character, secondly, upon the obligation of every Catholic to help restore the unjustly damaged reputation of others, but especially a Catholic priest, and lastly upon the particular evidence relating to the charges of downloading child pornography.

Over the last two years, but particularly over the last six months, I have gotten to know Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow far better. I admit to having made a serious error in judgment of his character. He has been repeatedly caught in acts of deceit, detraction and calumny supported by several witnesses. The evidence of habitual and willful moral failings was placed before expert legal counsel who advised his immediate removal. It was also placed before an elderly priest, a canon lawyer of sound judgment, who, after a thorough investigation, said that I had an obligation to remove him directly as well as a moral responsibility to make amends for having brought him to our Mission. This priest said from the pulpit of Ss. Peter and Paul Chapel in York on June 13, 2010 that “he was removed for cause and the cause was just.” He also shared the evidence with another elderly priest, who regularly assists at SSPX chapels, who also agreed with his removal.

I can no longer justify any assumption of Fr. Tetherow’s claim of innocence with regard to his criminal conviction. He has deceived me, and he continues to deceive many others, that he is a man of virtue, but the truth always comes out in the end. It is with regret, but with a sense of moral obligation, that I hereby formally retract anything I have said or written in his defense. I apologize to anyone who may, based upon my defense, have presumed that he has been unjustly persecuted by the judicial authorities and the diocesan officials in Scranton. His public record is that of a convicted felon on child pornography related charges, and I caution anyone, who places themselves or their families in his trust, to bear this fact in mind.

David M. Drew
Chairman
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission
saintspeterandpaulrcm.com

If I may add to his warning, I caution anyone who places themselves and their families in the trust of Dr. David M. Drew, as a decision maker on the board of the Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission,  to consider the fact that he has supported at least two priests with a sexual appetite for children. Is this really the man you want to lead your organization?  Has his lack of judgement and discretion caused you to pause for a moment?  Does he have your best interests at heart or is he running on hubris and ego?

Sts Peter and Paul RC Mission/Cult continues in turmoil

When we last left our favorite  Roman Catholic Cult in York, Pennsylvania, the fearless (cult) leader, Dr. David Drew, disgraced former priest Gabriel Tetherow (who has more aliases than a CIA hit man)  and the other intrepid members of the schismatic group desperately clinging to the pre-Vatican II Latin rite were happily trashing all their detractors through the art of character assassination.   Although Dr. Dave would point out that he was being persecuted just as Christ was, he was the prime supplier of vitriol and unwavering support for his convicted perv priest.  Not very long ago he was spewing his own particular kind of venom at me in support of his convict priest.  He had declared that he had reviewed the matter and declared  Tetherow wrongly accused.

It seems that there has been a change.  Dr. Dave has seemingly broken ranks with “father” Tetherow.  It appears that there is some intrigue at cult central and Dr. Dave (the omniscient) has conveniently decided to reconsider his support and point out that the priest he once zealously defended, stands convicted of a crime. How convenient!

All references to the priest with the taste for child porn (and god knows what else) has been summarily tossed out on his ass after crossing  Dr. Dave.  Dave went to pen a note on the website to throw his darling priest under the bus.  Ah, how the mighty have fallen! You can read about all the intrigue in York at the mission’s website/propaganda portal

Dr. Dave, in his own rambling prose style laments the hit to his reputation as a result of his potentially perverted priest’s actions of late. Poor Dr. Dave! The truth that he once so steadfastly denied is now being used as a weapon against those members who dare to have a point of view other than that dictated by Dr. Dave. I really believe Dr. Dave’s reputation is sullied every time he opens his mouth or cranks out another hit piece on someone opposed to his leadership. I have to ask, what moron would use this delusional man as an anesthesiologist? I would find another treatment center that does not grant this man privileges if I required the services of an anesthesiologist.

As for Virgil Tetherow, Gabriel Tetherow, Brad Tetherow, Gabriel Posenti, or whatever this rogue former priest and convicted child porn connesuior. He is allegedly still in York with a splinter group of ultra conservative Catholics who have broken away from the Mission in York and Dr. Dave’s iron fist.

Tetherow’s Classmates’ web page has been deleted. His delusional rants about book publishing, his reign as Mr. Oregon (still nothing to substantiate his claims of the title) and his calling to be a Catholic Priest are no longer in cyberspace. I was able to do a screen grab of his page months ago to preserve it in the event of deletion.

Be on the lookout for this wolf in priest’s clothing. I wonder if Tetherow is still an ultimate provider?