We are glad that that Fr. Fernando Sayasaya - a former Fargo priest - will be returned to the United States to face a trial for his crimes. It is rare that victims of a predator priest have the chance to see the justice system work in their favor. We are hopeful that this trial will give them some peace and will protect children from this child molesting cleric.
This case is another example in a string of incidents in which church officials have let a foreign priest return to his country after finding out about abuse allegations against him (the other most recent case is of Fr. Jeyapaul, in Minnesota). This is a disturbing practice and needs to end. As with all priests, whether they are US citizens or otherwise, church officials should immediately turn over all evidence of abuse to the police and let them investigate. The situation with Fr. Sayasaya is a somber reminder of how much further the church hierarchy needs to go to live up to their promise of being open and honest about child sex crimes.
Fr. Mariano was convicted after a report of oral sex with a 17-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room where Fr. Mariano posed as a woman. Mariano spent five months in jail.
Fr. Angel Crisostomo Mariano may have returned to the Philippines. The California Jesuit Order with headquarters at Los Gatos needs to disclose where Fr. Mariano is now and whether Fr. Mariano is still a priest.