Priest hires hitman to take out sexual assault accuser.

Can't make this stuff up, folks. You think if this happened in Rome the Vatican would give him sanction?

Father John Fiala, 52, was arrested last week in Dallas County after he was caught on tape by investigators trying to hire a hit man to kill the teen who's accused Fiala of sexual abuse.

Attorney Tom Rhodes said as shocking as the allegations may seem, he was not surprised Fiala had tried to hire someone to kill his client because the teen claimed the priest had threatened his life multiple times in the past.

"My client has been saying for years this man is going to do something to me and it bore out to be true," Rhodes said. "He tried to do something, and thank God the police were able to apprehend him and we believe there's very powerful evidence against him."

Last week, investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers set up a meeting with Fiala at his home in Garland. During that meeting, investigators said Fiala tried to hire an undercover officer to kill the teen for $5,000.

Fiala was already out on bond and under indictment in two Texas Counties for sexually assaulting the unnamed teen. In one alleged incident, Fiala is accused of raping the teen at gunpoint in an Edwards County hotel room.

Fiala's murder-for-hire scheme unraveled when a neighbor contacted police telling them Fiala tried to hire him to kill the young man.

With Fiala behind bars again, Rhodes said his client is hopeful this will be the last time he has to worry about the priest harming him.

"He is relieved but he's also cautious about it. He's been through a lot. He's a courageous young man and he intends to carry his fight forward to stop this from happening to other children," Rhodes said.

Rhodes is suing the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, the Archdiocese of San Antonio and Fiala's religious order, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

Rhodes claims all three groups had knowledge of Fiala's history of abuse and failed to do anything to stop it. Rhodes said there are records indicating victims made allegations about Fiala as far back as 1988 when he was working in Nebraska.

"This pattern has gone on for many many decades in this country and it's wrong and it needs to stop. You can't just move these people who are sick and predatory from parish to parish and allow them to take their liberties and hurt the youngest, most vulnerable members of our society," Rhodes said. "We believe he is a danger to society. He's confirmed that now and he needs to be put away forever."

The San Antonio Archdiocese has said they removed Fiala from active ministry in 2008 as soon as they became aware of the allegations against him.

Fiala is currently being held on a $700,000 bond in the Dallas County jail.

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Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on November 28, 2010 at 2:37pm
I'm actually surprised it took this long to show up here.
(Unless it has and I just missed it elsewhere. If so, someone hook a sista up with a link so we can consolidate the discussion, please?)
Classic stuff here. Gotta love those Catholics.
Every single person who is still a follower of the Catholic faith after the Pope's cover-up letters were exposed is an accomplice in child rape, in my humble opinion. So yeah, I'm not saying all Catholics are molesters. I'm saying they are all enabling molestation. Their high priest was caught with his skirt down, which means he is flawed. If he is flawed, he is not anointed by god. If he isn't anointed by god, then he is just a guy in a funny hat, and their entire denomination crumbles from there.
Sorta like when the Rosetta Stone disproved the Mormon faith
I tell ya, if you want to run a religion, having one fundamental "TRUTH" that can be literally disproved is a bad idea. It's like the fucking air-duct-into-the-Death-Star oversight in planning to leave yourself wide open to something that can be solved diffidently. Wouldn't going for the abstract be a safer bet?
I mean, maybe I'm wrong. Hell, these revelations don't seem to hurt their numbers any. Not by much.
Power of "faith" and all that I guess. But you have to admit it's pretty weird.
Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on November 28, 2010 at 2:58pm
I agree, Misty, with pretty much everything you said, although they will never agree that they are complicit, even if it's pointed out that their Christmas church contribution money goes directly to covering up rape.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on November 28, 2010 at 3:35pm
Ryan-I agree. On a personal level, they financially contribute to aiding and abetting rapists. On a much broader scope, their religion is based on the single fact that the pope is god's agent on earth. He is infailable. When he was proven morally corrupt, he was proven to be human. Not perfect. Not touched by god. Not special.
That means, folks.. you are letting nothing more than a socially isolated, geriatric virgin Nazi give you life advice.
Oh yeah. And if the hit on that little boy would have gone through, guess where the cash would have come from and who literally would have funded it?
The local congregation.
No matter where you turn, the trail of responsibility leads right back to the every day, church going sheep.
Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on November 28, 2010 at 5:54pm
I'm not sure about the funds for the hit, Misty. He was removed from the parish after the charges went through in 2008. I guess he might have been given a severance package or something? I don't know how it works when a priest is booted. Although, if he was given money after being fired, I can't really hold that against the church. It's not like he's reaching into the collection plate for money to kill this kid, although that's precisely what they do re: child rape in the first place.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on November 28, 2010 at 7:00pm
I thought priest's pay came from the congregation's donation? If that's the case, it's pretty safe to assume he got the money from the congregation.


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