We frequently address how the anti-Catholic group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) deceives the public in its presentations, and now we have another short and simple example.
A "predator priest"? Arrested? Indeed, this would be shocking if it were true. But it isn't.
In truth, Carlos Rene Rodriguez, who was arrested on Monday, has not acted as a priest for nearly two decades. The Church completely stripped him of his faculties in 1993. That same year, Rodriguez tried to return to ministry, but the Church denied him. The Church officially laicized him in 1998.
In other words, Rodriguez is far from being a "predator priest." He is merely a private citizen. As with any lay person, the Church has no control over his personal activities whatsoever.
SNAP's headline and story are completely false. Either SNAP knew this, and it deliberately deceived people, or it chose not to take a measly 20 seconds to learn the easily verifiable facts of the matter.
Either scenario does not bode well for the veracity of SNAP.