Irish priest in conflict with church authorities for informing on pedophile colleague
A priest claims he has been ostracized from the Catholic church after calling the police to investigate a fellow clergyman who had shown child-porn images to 14-year-old parishioner, reports Irish Central.
Fr John A Gallagher, 48, says the locks on his parochial house were changed and he was placed on medical leave by his bishop in the Diocese of Palm Beach, FL. He claims to have been told by the Catholic Church to put a pedophile priest on a plane back to India rather than cooperate with the police.
Gallagher has been living in the United States since 2000. Prior to being here, he served in the Long Tower parish in Derry. He is well-known in the Catholic community in the US and has made several religious music records and TV appearances.
A local police chief in Palm Beach has also voiced his concern over the negative treatment towards Gallagher and wrote to the Church to complain.
The incident took place in January 2015. Silent on the matter until now, Gallagher has written to bishops and cardinals in Ireland and America as well as the Vatican but has been unable to locate the Indian clergyman in question. He said he has not received a satisfactory response from the Catholic Church.
Rather than following the instructions of the Catholic Church, Gallagher interviewed Fr Palimattom who admitted to showing nude pictures of boys to the teen. He also admitted that he had sexually assaulted boys in India before arriving in the US. A few hours later he repeated this confession to detectives from the specialist unit of the West Palm Beach Police.
I applaud Father Gallagher for his bravery and stepping forward to expose this predator. He did not succumb to the pressures of the Catholic Church and saved many others from being victimized by Palimattom.