October 29, 2005

Cash sought for priest's defense

Indianapolis Star

Associated Press
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- An advocacy group for Catholic priests facing legal problems is sending letters to members of a South Bend parish in an effort to raise money for the defense of a former priest at the church who faces child molesting charges in Arizona.
The Detroit-based group, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, is not authorized by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to make such an appeal, Bishop John M. D'Arcy said Thursday.
The group is seeking money for the defense of the Rev. Paul LeBrun, 49, formerly a priest at South Bend's Little Flower Catholic Church.
D'Arcy said he has never heard of Opus Bono or its president, Joseph R. Maher, who signed the letter.
"I think it's outrageous what they're doing," D'Arcy said. "We never gave them any list."
The letter from Opus Bono Sacerdotii, Latin for "Work for the Good of the Priesthood," describes LeBrun as "an extra special priest and mutual friend" who needs help.

Posted by kshaw at October 29, 2005 07:06 AM