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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

O They Will Know We Are Christians By…

posted by on December 12 at 12:18 PM

…our inability to keep our hands off kids.

A 71-year-old Catholic Church deacon from Silver Spring has been charged with incest for allegedly abusing an underage female relative during the 1960s and 1970s, Montgomery County police said today.

Dan Paul Stallings, who has served as deacon at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring since 1986, was arrested yesterday and charged with 10 counts of incest, police said.

Police said the abuse took place outside the church. However, investigators are concerned that Stallings may have abused other children he met through the ministry, police said. He has been actively involved in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) at St. John the Evangelist Parish, police said.

But, hey, he’s only accused of incest, and incest—heterosexual incest, at least—doesn’t negatively impact world peace. Unlike gay marriage, which was specifically sited as roadblock to a settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians during the recent peace conference in Maryland. So, hey, nothing to see here. Just another Catholic pedo.

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Give it a rest already! Please do every Slog reader a favor and go start a blog called I'm sure you'll have no shortage of content to be snarky about, and the rest of us can get back to reading about Seattle-releated matters. Thaaaaanks.

Posted by Burgin99 | December 12, 2007 12:46 PM

But Dan, don't forget that incest is a "family" activity, and you know how valuable the traditional family is to the Catholics.

Posted by Hernandez | December 12, 2007 12:48 PM

Hey, it was just the Catholic version "family home evening."

Please, Dan do not give this issue a rest. You are doing a public service. I would love a collection of "O They Will Know We Are Christians" articles in one easy to reach space.

Posted by Heather | December 12, 2007 12:53 PM

#1 - If you don't like it, don't read it. They are pretty easy to spot.

Posted by subwfl | December 12, 2007 1:23 PM

Oh, I'm sure his rationalazation was something along the lines of, "Well, if it was good enough for Lot and HIS daughters..."

Posted by COMTE | December 12, 2007 1:23 PM

Incest is best. At least that's what my uncle always said.

Posted by MGD | December 12, 2007 1:41 PM

Hey Burgin99 - go eat a steaming plate of hot turds. But at one of your local, Seattle eateries, of course. You're wellllllllllcome.

Posted by Wowza | December 12, 2007 1:48 PM

#1: I guess nobody in Seattle was diddled by a catholic priest? And nobody in Seattle gives money to these pedophile-protectors?

Dan: Don't stop spreading the muck on the hypocrites!

Posted by rdm24 | December 12, 2007 2:36 PM

A deacon is not a priest. They assist with Mass and can baptize and such, but can be married as Dan Stallings was. If you read the whole story you will see that this is NOT a church matter but a very sad family matter,that people are trying to link to the church. What he did was wrong and he should be punished,but all of this happened before he became a deacon and at his own home.

Posted by vam | December 13, 2007 6:54 AM

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