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Sacred Heart Priest Suspended Following Drunk Driving, Indecent Exposure Charges

The Archdiocese of Detroit has placed the Rev. Peter Petroske of Sacred Heart Parish on administrative leave after he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and indecent exposure.

DETRIOT, MI -- The Archdiocese of Detroit has suspended a local priest following his arrest on drunken driving and indecent exposure charges.

The Rev. Peter Petroske, a priest at in Dearborn, was placed on administrative leave on Monday, according to a statement from the archdiocese.

arrested Petroske on Thursday, Aug. 2, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and indecent exposure, the archdiocese said. He was alone in his vehicle.

According to the Detroit News, the Archdiocese confirmed that Petroske was naked when police pulled him over.

The 57-year-old priest will not be allowed on church or school premises during his suspension.

Officials of the archdiocese said they learned of the incident over the weekend, and they informed the parish staff on Monday of Petroske’s leave of absence.

The Rev. Robert Blondell, a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Detroit, will take over day-to-day operations at Sacred Heart during Petroske’s absence.

In its statement, the archdiocese said it is cooperating with Dearborn police.

According to the Detroit News, Petroske will face an arraignment before Dearborn District Court Judge Richard Wygonik on Aug. 14.

Gilda Tamburro August 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Not true. Less than 3% of celibate clergy have issues of this sort. I’m not condoning what has happened, but you can’t condemn all priests because of the few that have issues. My understanding is that there is more inappropriate behavior (around 6 to 9%) among married clergy, teachers for example (with students), and politicians, just to name a few. You can’t condemn all these professions because of a few bad apples. If you condemn our priests, then condemn all professions accordingly. People just like to feed on these types of stories because it makes the Catholic Church look bad.
concerned father August 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
all of you seem to not realize the most important thing. this priest was entrusted with the spiritual education of all the children that attend sacred heart school. my child being one of them. his complerte disregard for the mission he was charged with only serves to hurt the catholic school system yet again. this is one of the few remaining catholic schools in the archdiocese. sacred heart school already struggles for funds and does not employ the dedicated educators it used to. father peter may get forgiveness from the lord but not from me. i am human and not perfect but i do not put other peoples lives in danger whiled naked or clothed
Gilda Tamburro August 09, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Concerned father; I understand where you are coming from. It is hard to forgive when someone hurts you or you feel betrayed, for whatever reason. I was taught (by a Catholic priest as a matter of fact and I believe this to be true 100%) that forgiveness is not for the other person. Forgiveness is for you. You are not cutting the other guy any slack when you forgive. He still will be held accountable to God. One has 2 options. You forgive, because you choose to forgive, or you allow the hurt to fester inside. By not forgiving, you have turned control over to the other person. That person now has the power to make you feel miserable every time you see them or even think of that person. That person may not even be aware of what they have done to you. I was just listening to the 5pm news. There is a father that volunteered at a school and was arrested. He admitted to involvement with a 16 year old. Because of this one father, is it fair to say that no father should be allowed to volunteer at a school? That is the concern I have when people begin to stereotype Catholic priests because of a few bad apples. I’m not excusing the inappropriate behavior.
DearbornGuy August 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
concerned father - although the situation is difficult, Fr. Peter is not the entire parish or school community. You, and the other parents, teachers, parishoners ... and even the children ... are. Sacred Heart is a strong community, and will get through this. And as for "dedicated" educators... anyone who teaches at a Catholic school is dedicated. These teachers give more of their time and talent not just to teach, but to run clubs, programs, volunteer and more. And they have made the school a Top 15% school in the country in education. Put aside the hurt. The law and the Archdiocese will decide his fate. Put your energy, time and talent into making the school (and parish) even better for your kid, and everyone else's.
Lakshmi August 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I refuse to give an ear to those who defend priests, to those who always defend priests as if they were more important than regular people.. I am a married woman who was spiritually and emotionally abused by a Catholic priest. His diocese upgraded him instead of kicking him out of the church when I reported him. Then a catholic monk almost did the same thing to me and when I was going to report him too; he said 'if you keep reporting on us, no one will believe you anymore and they will think you are a b****'. The Vatican is so corrupted; I can't believe I was going to convert to Christianity one day. Shame on you for accepting corrupted clergymen among your churches and houses. Keep on revering them.

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