Two Priests Arrested for Having Sex Near Playground in Miami
MIAMI BEACH — September 5, 2018
Two Chicago priests have been caught performing a sex act in a car. Seemingly what’s unusual?
Well, two respectable gentlemen for the glory of God decided to have sex in the front seat of the car. A common practice in democratically developed societies where human rights, especially for those who are gay, are appreciated much above than the rights of society. Well so what's so wrong about the fact that there's a children's playground nearby and there were no tints on the car windows? All these are insignificant details. The main thing is that they have rights and that these rights cannot be violated. Perhaps so thought 39-year-old Diego Berrio and 30-year-old Edwin GiraldoCortez when they decided to do it. But they were wrong. Despite the fact that this can be regarded as an intolerant act, people were outraged and called the police.
When officers arrived, the police report states, the two were performing sex acts on each other “in full view of the public passing by on Ocean Drive and the sidewalk.”
It was 3:20 in the afternoon.
“Yesterday, we received a call indicating that two men were performing a sex act inside of a car. This is in broad daylight, 13th Street and Ocean Drive. There are no tints on the window,” explained Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.
When police arrived, it was still going on. The guys were so enthusiastic that they did not notice how the police approached.
“We observed the two males performing the sex act, the officer had to tap on the window to get their attention,” said Rodriguez.
Both men were placed under arrest without incident. The arrest reports state both men are priests from Arlington Heights, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.
Police point out there is a children’s playground near the intersection of 13th and Ocean Drive.
Candice Parker with her son was at the playground that time.
“The fact that they are priests is above and beyond shocking,” she said. “I don’t understand this kind of behavior. They’re supposed to be leading good example and they’re doing exactly the opposite.”
But Rodriguez believed that “Their profession is irrelevant, in fact our trouble with this is that this is broad daylight, for anyone to see including children. There’s a time and a place for everything and this certainly was not the time and place,” he said.
Berrio was charged with a misdemeanor charge of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior and GiraldoCortez was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior plus Indecent Exposure.
Late Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement regarding the two priests.
“We were informed this morning that Rev. Diego Berrio, pastor of Misión San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Rev. Edwin Giraldo Cortes, an extern priest from Soacha, Colombia who served at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago for one month, August 1 to August 31, 2018, were arrested in Miami on September 3, 2018.
“Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has removed Fr. Berrio from ministry and withdrawn his faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective immediately. The archdiocese will appoint an administrator for the Misión San Juan Diego as soon as possible.
“Archdiocese representatives have been in contact with Fr. Cortes’ home diocese of Soacha, Colombia and informed them that Fr. Cortes will not be granted additional faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“It is our responsibility to ensure those who serve our people are fit for ministry. We take this matter very seriously and will provide updates as they become available.”