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Just when you thought the story couldn’t get more bizarre …
Virgil Tetherow, Gabriel Tetherow, Brad Tetherow, Gabriel Posenti, all names used at one time or another by convicted connoisseur of kiddie porn is now using another name, Father Gabriel Francis. The same guy who was recently fired from his position with the schismatic Catholic Group at the Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania has reinvented himself again and hung out his shingle at the newly created St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Chapel in Dover, Pennsylvania. It looks like he and some other break away members of Sts Peter and Paul RMC have taken the school money from the RMC in York and run to a new location. Or perhaps the heat was too much and the two organizations are working together to avoid having to explain the fact that their “priest” is a convicted felon and has been ordered by the Diocese of Scranton to stop presenting himself as a Catholic priest or to minister as a Catholic priest.
Dover is just a few miles northwest of York, Pennsylvania, still within the Diocese of Harrisburg, although I would imagine that this group is also operating outside of the control of that See.
It looks like the newly renamed “Father Gabriel Francis” intends to open a school with the newly formed schismatic group in Dover. This would seem to be the perfect project for a guy who gets his jollies looking at naked children.
My question to the readers is this, why would anyone allow this man, who keeps changing his name, near any project that would put him in close contact and perhaps allow him to be alone, unsupervised with children? If this man was legitimate, why does he have to keep changing his name? Is it so difficult for these ultra conservative Catholic groups to find a priest in good standing that they are willing to accept the services of a man who has been removed by ministry from the Catholic church, especially one with a proclivity for sexual desires for children?
Dover, Pennsylvania, be warned! Roman Collar crime has taken up residence in your community and the intention is to open a school that may provide victims for a potential pedophile priest.
Thanks to the reader who provided the lead on this story!
Doctor David Drew recently retracted his support of rogue priest Virgil Tetherow. Dr. Drew is the chairman of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania. The mission is a schismatic church based on the Catholic tradition that predates Vatican II. Dr. Dave has been practicing the art of character assassination on anyone who disagrees with his beliefs, opposes his church or takes issue with his organization hiring a priest convicted on child pornography related charges while assigned to a parish in the Diocese of Scranton.
It appears that “Father Tetherow” was released from the employ of the Mission. He is the second known priest employed by the mission that has a documented history of inappropriate/illegal behavior involving children.
Dr. Dave issued the letter below on the website, Angelqueen.org, a forum for conservative Catholics who practice their faith through the Latin Rite Mass. This website was also the venue used by Dr. Dave to launch a vicious personal attack on me after I published a number of blog posts on the subject of Virgil Tetherow and his past activities.
A reader pointed me to this letter. It seems that Dr. Dave does not take penance seriously, he did not offer an apology directly to those whom he has offended. Instead he took the cowardly course and listed his retraction on a website that many would never stumble upon.
Here is Dr. Dave’s Retraction (from Angelqueen.org):
Retraction of my defense of Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow offered with a public apology:
I first met Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow when he was a Franciscan seminarian and was favorably impressed. I believed him to be honest and upright of character. When he told me that he was innocent of intentionally downloading child pornography and was not able to defend himself against these charges without compromising the confessional seal, I made an effort to examine the particulars of his case and found sufficient circumstantial evidence to support a reasonable doubt to question the truth of the charges against him. His excuse for entering a plea bargain with the prosecution was simple moral weakness, seeking an end to an ugly situation while lacking financial and diocesan support. Human failures of this kind, although not approved, are understandable. My decision to defend Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow was grounded firstly and primarily upon the personal worth of his character, secondly, upon the obligation of every Catholic to help restore the unjustly damaged reputation of others, but especially a Catholic priest, and lastly upon the particular evidence relating to the charges of downloading child pornography.
Over the last two years, but particularly over the last six months, I have gotten to know Fr. Virgil Bradley (Gabriel) Tetherow far better. I admit to having made a serious error in judgment of his character. He has been repeatedly caught in acts of deceit, detraction and calumny supported by several witnesses. The evidence of habitual and willful moral failings was placed before expert legal counsel who advised his immediate removal. It was also placed before an elderly priest, a canon lawyer of sound judgment, who, after a thorough investigation, said that I had an obligation to remove him directly as well as a moral responsibility to make amends for having brought him to our Mission. This priest said from the pulpit of Ss. Peter and Paul Chapel in York on June 13, 2010 that “he was removed for cause and the cause was just.” He also shared the evidence with another elderly priest, who regularly assists at SSPX chapels, who also agreed with his removal.
I can no longer justify any assumption of Fr. Tetherow’s claim of innocence with regard to his criminal conviction. He has deceived me, and he continues to deceive many others, that he is a man of virtue, but the truth always comes out in the end. It is with regret, but with a sense of moral obligation, that I hereby formally retract anything I have said or written in his defense. I apologize to anyone who may, based upon my defense, have presumed that he has been unjustly persecuted by the judicial authorities and the diocesan officials in Scranton. His public record is that of a convicted felon on child pornography related charges, and I caution anyone, who places themselves or their families in his trust, to bear this fact in mind.
David M. Drew
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission
If I may add to his warning, I caution anyone who places themselves and their families in the trust of Dr. David M. Drew, as a decision maker on the board of the Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission, to consider the fact that he has supported at least two priests with a sexual appetite for children. Is this really the man you want to lead your organization? Has his lack of judgement and discretion caused you to pause for a moment? Does he have your best interests at heart or is he running on hubris and ego?
When we last left our favorite Roman Catholic Cult in York, Pennsylvania, the fearless (cult) leader, Dr. David Drew, disgraced former priest Gabriel Tetherow (who has more aliases than a CIA hit man) and the other intrepid members of the schismatic group desperately clinging to the pre-Vatican II Latin rite were happily trashing all their detractors through the art of character assassination. Although Dr. Dave would point out that he was being persecuted just as Christ was, he was the prime supplier of vitriol and unwavering support for his convicted perv priest. Not very long ago he was spewing his own particular kind of venom at me in support of his convict priest. He had declared that he had reviewed the matter and declared Tetherow wrongly accused.
It seems that there has been a change. Dr. Dave has seemingly broken ranks with “father” Tetherow. It appears that there is some intrigue at cult central and Dr. Dave (the omniscient) has conveniently decided to reconsider his support and point out that the priest he once zealously defended, stands convicted of a crime. How convenient!
All references to the priest with the taste for child porn (and god knows what else) has been summarily tossed out on his ass after crossing Dr. Dave. Dave went to pen a note on the website to throw his darling priest under the bus. Ah, how the mighty have fallen! You can read about all the intrigue in York at the mission’s website/propaganda portal.
Dr. Dave, in his own rambling prose style laments the hit to his reputation as a result of his potentially perverted priest’s actions of late. Poor Dr. Dave! The truth that he once so steadfastly denied is now being used as a weapon against those members who dare to have a point of view other than that dictated by Dr. Dave. I really believe Dr. Dave’s reputation is sullied every time he opens his mouth or cranks out another hit piece on someone opposed to his leadership. I have to ask, what moron would use this delusional man as an anesthesiologist? I would find another treatment center that does not grant this man privileges if I required the services of an anesthesiologist.
As for Virgil Tetherow, Gabriel Tetherow, Brad Tetherow, Gabriel Posenti, or whatever this rogue former priest and convicted child porn connesuior. He is allegedly still in York with a splinter group of ultra conservative Catholics who have broken away from the Mission in York and Dr. Dave’s iron fist.
Tetherow’s Classmates’ web page has been deleted. His delusional rants about book publishing, his reign as Mr. Oregon (still nothing to substantiate his claims of the title) and his calling to be a Catholic Priest are no longer in cyberspace. I was able to do a screen grab of his page months ago to preserve it in the event of deletion.
Be on the lookout for this wolf in priest’s clothing. I wonder if Tetherow is still an ultimate provider?