Iowa diocese protects priest who stripped naked in a mall and threatened to rape female parishioner

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On November 28, 2018, five years after one of its priests was arrested for stripping naked in a mall and threatening to rape a female parishioner, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa finally acknowledged the incident in a statement.

More than that, Ryan J. Foley reports for the AP that the diocese defended its decision to continue employing the priest, Rev. Jeremy Wind, calling the 2013 “incident” a “mental health episode” from which he’d recovered with the help of medication and treatment. The diocese gave no details about what occurred and told parishioners the scrutiny was unfortunate and unnecessary because “there is nothing newsworthy to report.”

The diocese’s acknowledgment of the incident came in response to inquiries from The Associated Press, which used the state’s open records law to shed light on Wind’s criminal case that was recently erased from public court files. All records related to the case disappeared from the Iowa courts online database this year, after Wind was transferred to the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

According to police reports, in December 2013, Wind, 39, was meeting with a female parishioner at a bakery when he began behaving erratically. He had just celebrated Mass at Christ the King church in Sioux Center, a town of 7,000 people in northwest Iowa.

According to the woman’s statement to the police, Wind told her he was going to masturbate, and took off his pants. She ran and lock herself in her car. But Wind chased her to her car, yelled about raping her, and pounded on the vehicle’s window.

The woman said: “I was so horrified, I thought what am I going to do? I sat for awhile because I didn’t want to hurt him. When he started banging so hard that I thought he was going to break the window, I drove away.”

A Sioux Center police officer found Wind at the nearby Centre Mall. Wind said he had no pants on because he “wanted to rape her” and said he also wanted to rape the officer. Wind ripped off the officer’s name tag, punched the officer, and was handcuffed on the ground as a deputy pointed a Taser at him.

Wind was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in a criminal complaint that didn’t mention the woman or his statements about rape. Under a September 2014 plea bargain that said Wind was “experiencing mania along with psychosis which prevented him from understanding his conduct at that time” of the incident, he received a deferred judgment, paid a $200 fine and was put on “informal probation” for one year.

The diocese said in its statement that Wind received counseling and medical treatment for mental illness, is on medication, follows “a lifestyle regimen that enables him to function without problems,” and “has since provided exemplary spiritual and priestly care to his parishioners.”

Wind’s assault and arrest is not the first time that the Sioux City diocese has come under public scrutiny.

A month ago, on October 31, 2018, only after The Associated Press made inquiries, the diocese acknowledged it had kept quiet a priest’s admission 32 years ago to sexually abusing some 50 boys — a silence that may have put other boys in danger.

According to a private letter written in February by the diocese vicar general and obtained by the AP, in 1986, Rev. Jerome Coyle reported to Sioux City’s bishop that he had victimized approximately 50 boys over a 20-year period while serving in several Iowa parishes.

Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. The diocese recently helped him move into a retirement home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, without informing administrators at the Catholic school across the street.

H/t Robert R.

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13 responses to “Iowa diocese protects priest who stripped naked in a mall and threatened to rape female parishioner

  1. Seperation of church and state means that the gumment can’t tell churches what to do. It does not isolate individuals associated with the church from criminal charges, nor does it allow the church to withhold evidence against the same. Constant vigilance is needed however, to prevent the gumment from harassing or demonizing religeon or for that matter anti-religeon.

  2. I forget who the author was, but he wrote that “Insanity is the price of eternal vigilance,”

    We’ve seen the truth of this over and again in areas as diverse as politics, the military’s approach to matters of state in which it should have no part at any time, and sexual misconduct in movie-making, to mention only three most recently in the news.

    • Well said. I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you that “separation of church and state” (as mentioned above by “Youknowwho”) is not anything but a remark in a court ruling. The Constitution prohibits the Government making a national religion, period. Everything else said about this has come from other opinions, most not Constitutionally binding.

      Anyway, there are definitely crazy priests. There are also crazy cab drivers, medical doctors, librarians and yes, politicians. The Church is “in” the world but not “of” it. It is not the Church’s function to prosecute people or to turn them over to authorities. If the offended parties, or their relatives, do that, then it is at that point in “the authorities” hands.

      The Church will always opt to “treat” someone it believes to be “sick”. While I find these things reprehensible, I do not ask for a pound of flesh. In my view, if they are dangerous they should be removed from society. The Church has not done a good job of that.

      Clergy are susceptible to anything anybody else is. I get angry when they fail to keep them away from others when they are potentially dangerous. This is especially true of pedophiles.

      • “It is not the Church’s function to…turn them over to authorities.”

        When did the U.S. Catholic Church become an outlaw institution?
        Concealing a crime already committed, or giving assistance to perpetrators of crime to help them avoid detection, arrest or prosecution, is a chargeable offense — “accessory after the fact.”

  3. Bella Dodd School Of Darkness (((Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church)))

    School of Darkness: Or How I Discovered That I Was Wrong About…Everything!

  4. You have to ask yourself, are these protectors of sinful crimes also protecting themselves by being silent?

  5. Wow…guy raped FIFTY boys and they cover for him…and this is NOT an uncommon story (at all). How can one EVER trust the Catholic Church??

  6. Once again, another one skates. I have to ask myself what in God’s Name is wrong with the law or the enforcement of it. (And then the other question comes around, what costs did this priest’s conduct did his diocese carry?)

    We have seen in the abusive priest scandals actions that can best be addressed via RICO lawsuits (as another FOTM article outlines). As a Catholic, I know something about the strictness of God: As He Sees it all, He cannot escape knowledge of it all. And God will be within His Rights to extract justice at the end. This priest should have been prosecuted to the full extent of the law for attempted rape of two people, as he verbally expressed his desire or intent to do so to these two people, and he assaulted a police officer before he tasered him.

    So AGAIN, why did the State of Iowa fail to prosecute this man?

    In another but related topic area to the bad conduct of predator priests, I have found Fr. Ripperger’s You Tube videos on demonic activity and influence to be highly informative and educational. I cannot read the soul of another person, even if he behaves the way this man did, but the question of demonic activity—or at least temptation—is the first thing that comes to mind when I witness truly loony or erratic behavior. No other priest this one related to thought of this or confronted him? And now that he’s had his “treatment,” he can be trusted?

    Here is the problem—which has established a STRONGHOLD—shall be for the Remnant: Since the Church effectively opened the doors to every lunatic fringe group and predator that has come along, those who hate Holy Mother Church and God are OCCUPYING THE SAME LEGAL AND JURIDICAL SPACE as the good priests and seminarians left. They are occupying the same parishes, chancellries and dicasteries that the good guys who are left are in. If and When that moment shall come which shall project the enemies of the Church to act decisively and take over the real estate and start prosecuting the Remnant, who will be able to stop them? Not even a RICO lawsuit will be able to stop it.
    It seems to me that God has either Permitted or even Commanded the Church—at least its institutional apparatuses or merely human elements—to undergo the same Passion and Crucifixion of Our Lord, only under a different appearance. If this is the case, Who am I to argue with God? Certainly He is within His Rights to do so. So now the question becomes, WHAT can we do about it, and what are we going to do about it? Whether anyone does anything to save his own soul or the Church or not, God is Seeing it all.
    In the meantime, the Cavalcade of Evil continues, and people—especially non-Catholics—are going to equate the destruction of the Church with its doctrines and beliefs. They will erroneously conclude that it has been the Church’s Beliefs that has led us to this point, and that is the absolutely WRONG conclusion to come to. This is also of the utmost importance, for As the Church goes, so goes the World.

    • Steven, we all see right through you and your attempts to derail Christianity. How disgusting to conflate a man made political institution with Christ’s sacrifice for us, and assume God somehow needs your corrupt organization to thrive.

      The catholic church is fully reprobate at this point. Mary worship and idolatry, you can call it ‘reverence’ all you want, but praying to bathtub statues and the marian processions with incense and chanting shows it for the goddess worship it is.

      Your leaders are in clear violation of scripture:
      1 Tim 3:
      1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
      2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
      3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
      4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
      5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

      So a leader in the Church should be married with kids. Not ‘celibate’, not locked up in a monastery. An even tempered normal head of his household.

      Also Romans 1 fully goes through what happens to all reprobates, and gives a perfect breakdown of catholicism:
      22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
      > Encyclicals and all other nonsense that often goes directly against scripture, but is considered official stances
      23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
      > The pictures of saints, Mary, and Jesus himself. Then bowing down before them.
      24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
      > All the weird sexual scandals that keep coming out
      25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
      > Gotta listen to the pope and bishops, and in the past it was even forbidden for the congregation to read the Bible themselves.
      26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
      27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
      > Again more sexual problems, leading to pederasty — since catholicism is so far off course from the actual Gospel

      Also the whole concept of the pope is completely against scripture:

      Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

      This is specifically talking about giving someone on earth the title ‘Father’ (i.e. not just your dad), such as your Papas you bow down to.

      So it’s your choice, you can believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide you. Or follow a satanic man-made organization that protects homosexual pedos and leads millions of people to practice idolatry.

      • “Steven, we all see right through you”

        Who’s “we”? Why do you, an individual, speak with the pretense of the royal “we”?

        • He makes his mistaken judgment that I am knocking Christianity itself, and then he proceeds to criticize some Catholic practices. Eh, Meh….



      • Sorry, Kierkegaard, but universalized sectarianism, often metasticizing into proof-texting, sola scriptura-based anti-Catholicism, is the fatal flaw bringing us all to ruin, being praised as the Enlightened foundation of Western Civilization when, as the record makes clear, it has blown that glorious foundation into so many sectarian pieces requiring mutual accommodation that it’s resulted in at first tolerance, but long ago given way to near total hegemony of Satanism in culture, education, entertainment, and government. And so we get the likes of Bush II “conservatism” reasoning that Arabs hate us for our freedoms, therefore we have a duty to incinerate them. Or Hollywood blaspheming Christ and conservatives defending it as protected speech. Abortion. Pornography. Drugs. Sexualizing little kids, ad nauseam. Maybe the most sickening corruption of all is putatively Christian majority in Congress claiming the otherwise infinitely malleable “living constitution” prevents them from taking this country back tomorrow with the full support of the military and law enforcement. The point is, don’t be at your brother’s throat while barbarians are raping your mother and sister in the next room.


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