Dating a former priest
The accused served in myriad church positions across the Lafayette diocese, including in small Acadiana towns such as Abbeville, where Gilbert Gauthe's case drew nationwide attention in the 1980s.
Gauthe admitted to raping or sodomizing 37 children dating back to 1972; in 1986, he pleaded guilty to 11 counts of child molestation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but he was released a decade early.
In Louisiana: Church's response evolves Accusations of sex crimes involving Catholic priests and children in Louisiana may date back seven decades, court records reveal. In 2014, a Minnesota Public Radio investigation uncovered a wealth of court-related documents tied to such incidents in the Diocese of Lafayette. Harry Flynn, who was bishop both in Lafayette and in Minnesota, where sex abuse cases involving the clergy were uncovered.
Those cases revealed that at least 15 Lafayette priests had sexually abused children.
EDINBURG, Texas - After 57 years, the murder of a south Texas beauty queen may finally be solved. Fifty Seven years ago Feit was a visiting member of the clergy at Sacred Heart Church in Mc Allen, where 25-year-old Irene Garza was last seen alive.
Jury selection will begin for the trial of former Priest John Feit, 85.
That's where Tacheny says Feit confessed to the crime. "He said simply, the church protected me." Tacheny says his conscience could no longer suppress this 40-year-old conversation, which led to Feit's arrest.
As many as 100 people may have been abused by Gauthe, according to bishopaccountability.org, a watchdog website.
The Catholic Church’s response today to accusations of sex abuse involving clergy members is much different than it was in the latter half of the 20th century, when priests might merely be reassigned to different parishes, evidence shows.
The young school teacher was well-known in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and lived down the street from Sacred Heart with her parents where she went to confession every Saturday.
On Easter weekend in 1960, Garza went to church and never came home.