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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.

Jack Albright August 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
If these "priest" lack so much in moral turpitude why do they join the priesthood. Shouldn't they stay seated in the pews listening to their betters? The rampant lack of morals in religous leaders is disgusting to read about. These are suppose to be people we all look to for moral guidance.
Escalonz August 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Can't the dumb cops take an honest joke? Jeesh !
victor August 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Wow DWI a problem but the pedeofiles they get protection
Freddie Pototo August 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Couldn't agree with u more Tom. Instead of criticizing him, pray for him.
Joseph Tarach August 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Whatever
Nick Johns August 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Some of you are commenting with the "Judge not..." and "let those without sin..." quotes. Why don't more Catholics use that same humility when it comes to homosexuality? You're quick to judge when it comes to that; yet when a priest is caught driving under the influence and naked, you rush to forgive.
kevin g August 08, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I agree, we should not judge him, we should pray for him. he is a human with human emotions and feelings, whatever has happened to him is not for us to judge.
al Weidman August 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
he will be recycled into another parish, there is a real lack of priests so getting rid of him is not an option , besides most companies have a three times your out or are given the chance for rehab , What he did was a shame, but if you allowed priests to marry and allow them to live full lives you'd see alot less of this and other lapse's in judgement among the clergy
Chrissy August 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
To say "judge not, lest ye be judged" sounds like a funny way of saying "well, unless you're perfect, it's not really worth upholding laws or standards of decency." I disagree with this (and ye can judge me all ye want). Of course such an indiscretion should be punished. I would recommend the church help him seek counseling in addition to, and not instead of, whatever disciplinary actions are appropriate.
Tom Laundroche August 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Okay, I pray for woman priests and pray that all priests may marry.
Chris August 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Amen. Way too many people expect priests to be 100% without sin, as seen evident here. Jesus placed the Church in the hands of sinful man when he conferred power upon Peter, and he understood the implications of that.
Chris August 08, 2012 at 07:54 PM
One man's individual behavior is a completely different matter than one of the most important pillars of Catholic teaching. Care to explain your reasoning?
John Turner August 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I think Priests now a days have become arrogant...and I am a lifelong Catholic, and haven't met a priest in the last 10 years that have a bone of humility in them.
Chris August 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
*facepalm* So you expect that every single religious leader be 100% perfect? I'd hate to have to live in your world.
Chris August 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Please educate yourself about the Catholic Church before you make incorrect assumptions, such as that being a celibate is not a full life. There are 2,000 years worth of Church history, teaching, and beliefs that aren't going to be uprooted just because the slightest percentage of priests been found to not be 100% perfect.
William Moriarty August 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
The Catholic church is fallng apart!
Chris August 08, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Apples to oranges, my friend. No one out there is trying to pass laws that make driving under the influence or naked legal. If they were, Catholics would be just as vehemently opposed to those moral shortcomings as they are to homosexuality. However, all three of the sins you mentioned should be treated with the same loving care as one another. Recognizing that something is a sin isn't judgmental, and that shouldn't stop Catholics from promoting the Truth and preaching forgiveness for sins. Attempts to legalize sins, now, is what makes for trouble among Christians today.
Chris August 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Please, come visit St. Sebastian in Dearborn Heights- Fr. Aaron is truly one of the nicest people I've ever met, priest or otherwise. I could say the same about our previous pastor, Fr. Jeff, or about Fr. Clint who spent seminary time at our parish, or every single other priest I knew growing up in New England. Sure, there are some bad apples in every bunch of people, but I think you're grasping at straws with this one if you group Fr. Peter with every other priest out there.
Tasha August 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Who said I was Catholic, Nick?
Tasha August 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Chrissy -- I would take your comment more seriously if it was not clearly intended to be condescending. And thus unworthy of respect. I'm sure ye judge plenty yourself.
Shoe August 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Don't look at it as falling apart, look at it as separating wheat from chaff.
Nick Johns August 08, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Why would attempts to legalize 'sins' make trouble for Christians? If you are a Christian and don't want to have a same sex marriage, don't have one! Not everyone in this country is Christian. Homosexuals are being discriminated against by having the 1000+ government given rights married people get denied from them. It is a civil rights issue, and we will look back on this like we do now with racism and women's rights.
susan rozmus August 08, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Go figure Victor....are we the only 2 that get it?!
susan rozmus August 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
He committed a crime when he drove drunk....that terrifies me.....naked doesn't scare me.
Nick Johns August 08, 2012 at 11:05 PM
No one said you were Catholic lol. I actually agreed with your comment because you said "I guess it only applies in certain cases." My comment was misleading, sorry. I was talking more about the ongoing debates I've been having with Catholics and other Christians, and the other comments there were actually saying that we should just forgive the priest. I'm not saying we shouldn't, it just seems like a double standard.
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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