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Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

East Timor Richard Daschbach
Title: Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse
Authors:  Margie Mason & Robin McDowell
Contributor: Raimundos Oki
Publisher: Associated Press
Date:  08APR2021

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl.

Daschbach was idolized in the remote enclave of East Timor where he lived, largely for his role in helping save lives during the tiny nation’s bloody struggle for independence. So, the girls never spoke about the abuse they suffered. They said they were afraid they would be banished from the shelter the 84-year-old from Pennsylvania established decades ago for abused women, orphans, and other destitute children.

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