Congregation asked to pray for priest who procured a girl of 13

Congregation asked to pray for priest who procured a girl of 13 July 31, 2017

Following the arrest in  the Philippines of Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos, above, for procuring a 13-year-old girl for sex, the Diocese of Antipolo asked for ‘prayers’ for the 55-year-old.
According to this report, priest from a parish in Taytay, Rizal, was arrested on Friday night for allegedly “booking” a 13-year-old girl with the help of a 16-year-old gay pimp, who was also arrested.

The following day Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon, above, said in a message  that Lagarejos has been relieved of all duties in his diocese.
In a statement, the Diocese of Antipolo said it is looking into the arrest of Lagarejos:

As allegedly identified as a suspect in an entrapment operation in Marikina City. Thus, we assure the public that we respect the necessary procedures as provided by law in order to further investigate the matter.

The diocese also urged the public to:

Refrain from issuing unnecessary comments that might worsen the situation. Instead, we appeal for all the faithful to pray that the truth may come out.

Lagarejos was President of Cainta Catholic College (CCC). He was also parish priest of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Poblacion, Taytay, Rizal.
He holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate in theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City.
The priest, however, initially identified himself to the police as “self employed” when he was nabbed taking the girl to a motel after he paid the pimp 500 pesos (£7.55).
He is being investigated for allegedly violating the country’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

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  • L.Long

    Good thing prayers don’t work or this ahole would wake up in a brothel as a 12yr old girl!!! And know who he really was!!

  • Broga

    “He holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate in theology from the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City.”
    They really need to look into the effectiveness of what they are teaching. On the basis of the result for Lagarejos it seems it is fancy sounding bullshit.

  • Paul

    Broga
    Thomas Paine had it right all those years ago when he said ‘religion is the study of nothing”.
    So the fancy labels they attribute to themselves for their hard working ‘study’ is meaningless.

  • Cali Ron

    So he has 2 degrees in the study of fairy stories. At this point a degree in law would probably be more useful. I don’t think he’s going to look as good in khaki as he does in them fancy robes and the hat has to go.

  • 1859

    @ Paul: Good lines from TP, thanks. It reminds me of when I once taught in a ‘Marist’ school. The other teachers were all of the faith (I just kept my mouth shut) but they would hold serious meeting to discuss the notion of “karisma”. They thought of this thing as some sort of glowing halo that hovered about their particular sect. These were educated, thinking people with years of work behind them, but they were all totally convinced that this ephemeral, nebulous holiness hung about all they did. It was weird, totally bizarre, that they believed, as Thomas Paine rightly said, nothing.

  • Broga

    1859: It is indeed bizarre that vast amounts of time and money and massive buildings erected to worship nothing, thin air. And the nothing they worship has the character and behaviour, on the basis of his own holy book, of a sadistic, psychopathic slaughterer of the innocent.
    He also has an insatiable appetite for flattery that exceeds even that of Donald Trump the chief clown in the pantomime which the USA government has become.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘…we appeal for all the faithful to pray that the truth may come out.’
    Really? They’d be out of business in a week if prayer had any effect.