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1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1 5 admits impersonating priest, stealing R. LEINGANG Message editor D-year old man who ad- impersonating a priest :ealing from churche3 arrested in Colum- s,!nd. David Guthrie -- !.used the name, "Austin in Jasper and Ferdi- , Was charged with four of Class D Felony i according to Columbus !Detective Rudy Olive. harges stem f'ronl lscovered at two in Columbus, ac- to Detective Olive. in other juris- also heo'n inves- }g the activities of the Olive said 64 Were recovered at "s home. The items in- vestments, call- and a silver cruci- of the items were ed by local priests as sing from the two Columbus. was arrested June home in Columbus. being held by the County Sher- nt, awaiting a 3. i k!: ! Since a May 28 article in the Message about a "bogus priest" at Jasper and Ferdi- nand, secular and Catholic nwspapers have reported sinfilar stories. A news story written by George Piper June 15 in The Republic, a newspaper in Columbus. Ind.. was head- lined, "True Confession: Po- lice collar priest imperson- ator." According to that story. the man who has now been identified as David Gnthrie admitte(t that he had stolen items from Holy Trinity Church in Edinbflrgh an(I S{ Columba Church in Colum- hUS. Another story bv Piper on June 16- he{dli}led "Fake priest's altar ego uncovered" reported details about the items that }lad been recov- ered, but at that time the name of the man had not been released. A news story prepared by Margaret Nelson in the cur- rent (June'25) Criterion. Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. attributes a break in the story to a May 29 conversation be- tween two archdiocesaI priests. According to the Criterion, Father Paul Shikany and Fa- ther Stephen Banet were among the priests attending a convocation. Father Shikanv is the administrator of the parish in Edinburgh, and Fa- ther Banet is pastor of the parishes in the Catholic Com- munity of Columbus. The two priests were talk- ing about various parish situ- ations, during a conversation one evening. Father Shikanv mentioned a young man who had claimed he had been newly-ordained in ('hicago, and ilad asked to con(:ele- bratt Mass in Edinburgh. Fa- ther Banet talked ahout a young man who had been :'super-involved" at a parish in Columbus. It was only later, according to the Criterion, that the two priests realized they were talking about the same man the same man believed to be the "bogus priest" who "'concelebrated" Masses at parishes at St. loseph and Holy Family Churches in lasper and-St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinan(l. Among the items missing from tile churches in Colum- bus were Mass vestments the impersonator used in Edin- burgh. Nothing was reported missing at the parishes in Jasper and Ferdinand. accord- ing to Father Patrick Foster. pastor of St, Joseph Church and dean of the lasper Deanery. Questions are still being asked about how wide-spread the impersonator's activities mav have been. On Friday, June 11 -- the day after Guthrie confessed to his activities in Columbus. the v/car general of the ArcE- diocese of Louisville. tele- phoned the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Indi- anapolis, with an alert thal a non-ordained man had bern: claiming to be a priest there. "'Four or five calls from dif- ferent areas" asking about a suspicious, newlv-ordained priest have recently been made to the chanter(" a, the Archdiocese of Chicaeo, a spokesperson told the Mes- sage in a lune 22 telephone conversation. Father Shikanv had told the Criterion7 tiler the chancery in Chicao had read ln( a-litaqv o; I)if e he'd iwen, Father Shikanv col:eluded that the man had no sto]e,.n for monetary gain. bu 'ior his personal'affirmation." He OHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH RDAY- JUNE 26- HIGHLAND WOODS- VINCENNES FRIED CHICKEN DINNERS .............. 4:00 p.m.- - - ??? JUMBO HAMBURGERS ................... 3:00 p.m. - - - ??? FRICASSEE ..................................... 3:00 p.m. - - - ??? (all food: eat-in or carry-out} dnning at 5:30 p.m. featuring: "Pride and Joy Cloggers" 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ,k Folk Music 7:00 p.m. =- featuring: ,k Red Skellon "Old Glory" 19" x 23" framed Reproduction Oil Transfer, Limited Edition, Signed, Numbered Painting. -k 2 Hand-Made Quilts ,k $750.00, $100.00, and $50.00 Prizes ,k Bill Thoma Stained Glass Hanging ,k Camera Kit from Dick Brown Camera Shop PRIZES: .I- $25.00 given away each hour, beginning 5:00 p.m. (Must be present to win) * Country Slore featuring hand-made items Home-Made Ice Cream ,k Soft Drinks " Novelties & Toys "k'k- New this year HI COW CHIP BINGO - - - you have to see it to believe it HF k Cane Booth ,k Pull Tabs Bingo Turtle Races Fish Pond took things "'to make him look more credible. Priests in Evansville and Indianapolis agreed that no harm had been done by the impersonator at Massesl The sacraments were not affected. As for the impersonator, said Father Shikany, "At least we got him to stop,, The priest added. "He needs help. We re praying for him." Bishops named for Atlanta, K.C.-St. Joe WASHINGTON (CNS) Pope John Paul II has ap- pointed Bishop John F. Donoghue of Charlotte, N.C., as archbishop of Atlanta, suc- ceeding Archbishop James P. Lyke, who died last Decem- ber after a long struggle with cancer. The pope also named Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Birmingham, Ala., as bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Me., to succeed Bishop John J. Sullivan, 72. whose resig- nation the pope accepted. The appointments were an- nounced June 22 in Washing- ton by Archbishop Agostino Cacc(avillan, apostolic pro- nuncio. Born Aug. 9, 1928, in Washington, Archbishop Donoghue was ordained for the Washing!on Archdiocese in 1955. He was archdiocesan vicar general and chancellor when he was named bishop of Charlotte in 1984. His most controversial ac- tion as bishop of Charlotte was a ban in 1989 on women taking part in Hol foot-washing Bishop Boland was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Ti Town ,Ireland. He All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, Ireland, before his or-: dination in 1957 for the Washington dioem. celibacy optional for Latin rite Catholic priests as, a way to fight the shortageof priests and various i;lergy sex scandaltL The recom, mendation yeas made pub lic in San Antonio June 1'8 at a conference sponsored by CORPUS, an organiza- tion of resigned, married Catholic priests who seek a change in church norms re* garding priestly celibacy. : Dealing with abuse ..... In-a letter to the USi| bishops, Pope John Paul:H{ said a joint committae:/Of{ Vatican and U.S. experts| has been formed to Study[ church legal procedures:f| dealing with sexually abut| sixe priests, Catholic N0ws| Service learned that thol committee was formed:jn [ May, but full details we're[ not available when the ii/R-[ ter was released June 2L ii'[ .Abuse issued a re sexual abuse, t least some of its dations, said a