February 23, 2006

Letter in question

Waxahachie Daily Light

By JOANN LIVINGSTON Daily Light Managing Editor
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:46 PM CST

The political season is in full swing, with the latest development in the District 40 judge race being the anonymous distribution of a 14-year-old letter written by state District Judge Gene Knize in reference to disgraced former priest Rudy Kos.

A copy of the letter - which was distributed to some media outlets - was obtained by the Daily Light, with Knize responding to subsequent queries about the letter and its contents.

The letter was written in May 1992, several months prior to Kos’ removal in late September as pastor from St. John Catholic Church in Ennis.

“The letter was written regarding church and school business years before the trial and before any information regarding sexual misconduct became known to me or our parish and was not solicited from me nor submitted by me for use in any trial,” Knize said, noting that he wrote the letter in May 1992 to then Bishop Charles A. Grahmann “for information purposes regarding the church and school administration and requesting that the bishop conduct his own inquiry regarding any conflicts between the elementary school principal and the pastor.”

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 08:30 AM