Threats Against Priests Prompt Fort Worth Diocese Warning

| August 19, 2011

Priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth have been cautioned to watch out for their safety after two local churches received threatening phone messages.

Diocese spokesman Pat Svacina said the two messages were left on church answering machines about 30 minutes apart on Monday, Aug. 8. One message was left at a Catholic church in Fort Worth, the other at a church in Arlington.

"We get all kinds of calls –we're are accustomed to a variety — but these were just so unusual and of close proximity of one another that the leadership of the diocese thought it was best to notify the parishes," Svacina said.

The diocese would not say which churches specifically received the calls, but a Fort Worth police report indicates one of the threats was called in to St. Patrick's Cathedral on Throckmorton Street.

Svacina said one of the messages could be considered a death threat against priests in general. The other mentioned priests abusing children. It was not clear if the messages were left by the same caller.

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