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Resignation of Fr. Robert Crisp from Sacred Heart Rowlett involved inappropriate contact May 18, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.

As I stated in a post yesterday, Fr. Robert Crisp has resigned as pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Rowlett.   I did not state this yesterday, but he has resigned due to ‘inappropriate contact’ or ‘boundary issues’ with minor girls.  A letter was sent by the diocese to all parishioners at Sacred Heart explaining some of the reasons for Fr. Crisp’s resignation.  The situation did not merit an arrest or anything like that – it was not a violation of the law, per se’, but these events were in public and involved the pastor touching in a manner that was inappropriate.  I have asked for a copy of the letter from the parish and diocese, but have not received 0ne.

I did have a talk with a representative of the diocese, in the form of Fr. Henry Petter, who tried to answer some of my questions.  He basically confirmed the above. 

I wanted to bring this subject to light because, while this situation has been made public to an extent, essentially no one outside diocesan staff and the parishioners at Sacred Heart know the reason why Fr. Crisp resigned.  If Fr. Crisp should return from leave and have discerned that he should remain an active priest, I think it important that knowledge of this event be available to whatever future parish he is assigned to.  I’m also trying to determine just what the policy is in a situation is like this – I’ve been told that these unfortunate events did not merit all the automatic provisions of the Dallas policy since this was not really sexual abuse and there wasn’t a child involved.  I disagree with this last bit – someone under 18 is still legally a child, whether they are 8 or 16.  The girls involved were in the 15-16 year old range. 

I’ll keep following this story.  It is a tragedy that events like this continue to happen.  I will continue to say extra prayers for priests and for this diocese.  I pray you will join me.


1. Lisa - May 23, 2010

Our family will join you in prayer. We are members of Sacred Heart Parish but do not know exact specifics other than what we are told. We also believe that no one will ever know the full details but either way we forgive as we like for God to forgive us. We keep Father Crisp and all parties involved in prayer that God will guide them in the path He set for them.

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