A Catholic priest who exposed the sexual misdeeds of fellow clergy at three parishes in the Diocese of Arlington is being prosecuted by his own bishop on five ecclesiastical charges.
The Rev. James R. Haley, an Arlington priest, will appear before a church tribunal to answer charges brought against him by the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, bishop of Arlington. Presiding as judge will be the Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, bishop of Rockford, Ill.
Although the lawsuit later was dismissed, Father Haley's testimony supported Mr. Lambert's contention that the diocese knew of the affair months before the priest was ordered to stop seeing Mrs. Lambert.
Father Haley also exposed misconduct by two other priests: the Rev. William J. Erbacher, who resigned as pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Franconia after an investigation revealed he stole from church collection plates and maintained a stash of homosexual pornography; and the Rev. Daniel Hamilton, pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Fredericksburg, Va., who resigned amid accusations that he kept a collection of homosexual porno- graphy in his rectory bedroom.
After Father Haley made public accusations against the priests, Bishop Loverde suspended him from all priestly functions and put him on a small stipend, his attorney said, reducing the cleric to a hand-to-mouth existence in different homes around the diocese.
Priest who revealed details of sexually active priests is targeted after testifying in suit: Rockford's Bishop Doran participating in tribunal