UTICA, NY.  A Utica priest was charged with disturbing a religious service for telling the congregation they were going to hell for allowing a disgraced priest on the altar at Palm Sunday Mass.

The priest charged was C. D. Timotheos, 64, an autonomous bishop not in communion with the Vatican. Bishop Timotheos entered St. Joseph and St. Patrick church while having a heart attack and saw a disgraced papal priest on the altar and began speaking.

He then left the church after a few minutes and collapsed outside and was taken to a local hospital. He was given an appearance ticket while in the emergency room by Patrol Officer Michael J. Clive of the Utica Police Department.

The bishop was upset that Rev. Anthony Lafache, 74, who retired last September from St. Anthony’s Church under a cloud of financial mismanagement, was on the altar.  “So many people were hurt by this man. They came to me for help,” the bishop said.

“All they do is move these people to other churches. No one ever is charged or stripped of their priestly faculties. God’s church is just and this is not justice,” he also said.  In January of this year the Diocese of Syracuse contacted the District Attorney’s office and made an agreement that the Lafache’s case would be handled as an ‘internal matter’. (Utica O-D, Jan. 18, 2013)

The bishop’s city court case was adjourned for six months and will be dismissed.

Bishop Timotheos believes in a local mystic, Blessed Charles Grestl, who claimed to have seen Christ in 1947 and sent a letter to Pope John XXIII warning of the failures of priests and the danger to boys and orphans. Blessed Charles is buried in St. Agnes cemetery in Utica.

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