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Second driver may be charged in case of TV priest injured in Florida
Spirit Daily ^ | 01/13/2004

Posted on 01/13/2004 12:21:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

The rumors and initial reports flew with fury Monday as word spread that a nationally-known priest, Father Benedict Groeschel, author of numerous books and director of spiritual development for the Diocese of New York, had been hit by a car after arriving at Orlando International Airport in Florida Sunday.

Police tell Spirit Daily the incident occurred at 9:43 p.m. as Father Groeschel was leaving a Chili's Restaurant with a carry-out bag. The accident was at the corner of Semoran Boulevard and Hazeltine National Drive about a mile north of the airport.

The priest was "barely conscious" when police arrived, according to Detective Norris Butler, who said there is an investigation involving a second car that may have caused the accident. He said the car that actually hit Groeschel did not appear at fault. "I can't give out more details because it is an ongoing investigation," he said, leaving open the possibility that charges may be brought against the second driver.

Groeschel was reported in stable but critical condition, according to Joe Brown, a spokesman for an Orlando trauma center who could not divulge further details. Initial, unverified reports cited a broken leg and arm or hand, as well as a mild heart attack, but these reports remain unconfirmed. It is known only that bones in some area of his body were broken. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, there was also head trauma. He was listed in stable but critical condition.

Groeschel, 70, who was also known for appearances on the Catholic television network EWTN, was in Central Florida to speak at the San Pedro Retreat Center in Seminole County as a guest lecturer for the International Institute for Clergy Formation.

A psychologist, Father Groeschel has written popular books such as A Still, Small Voice and The Cross at Ground Zero. He travels on nearly a weekly basis, popular at conferences as well as retreats like the one in Florida. He has appeared for twenty years on EWTN, which is currently airing a series of his on suffering. In spring the network will present a new series of his on the shrines of Europe. Father Groeschel is a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New York City, which split off from the Capuchins in the 1980s to pursue radical poverty and propagate the pro-life message.

Along with his other duties, Father Groeschel has extensively counseled abuse priests and believes the media has exaggerated the crisis. The public is asked to pray for the priest but refrain from calling the hospital in deference to privacy and hospital concerns.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: New York
KEYWORDS: catholic; crime; groeschel; traffic

1 posted on 01/13/2004 12:21:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Prayers for Father G.
2 posted on 01/13/2004 12:29:18 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (06/07/04 - 1000 days since 09/11/01)
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ping
3 posted on 01/13/2004 1:22:22 PM PST by nickcarraway (www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Straight Vermonter
More prayers for Father G. I can't help but wonder if this was a deliberate act by someone who thought that Father G. was the other popular EWTN father who reported on some California health facility that was performing unecessary heart surgeries. That father was to share in a whistle blower reward and supposedly received death threats. Case of mistaken identity? Probably not, but the thought occurred to me anyway since I read the other story yesterday and then the first report about Father G yesterday and it is all fresh in my memory.
4 posted on 01/13/2004 1:27:45 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: Straight Vermonter
More prayers for Father G. I can't help but wonder if this was a deliberate act by someone who thought that Father G. was the other popular EWTN father who reported on some California health facility that was performing unecessary heart surgeries. That father was to share in a whistle blower reward and supposedly received death threats. Case of mistaken identity? Probably not, but the thought occurred to me anyway since I read the other story yesterday and then the first report about Father G yesterday and it is all fresh in my memory.
5 posted on 01/13/2004 1:27:45 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks for the up-date
6 posted on 01/13/2004 1:32:43 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: nickcarraway
Prayers for a quick and full recovery.
7 posted on 01/13/2004 1:34:45 PM PST by syriacus (O'Neill knows about LOYALTY? Then why'd he show secret documents to authors and TV interviewers?)
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To: nickcarraway
Thank you for the ping. Many prayers for Fr. Groeschel.
8 posted on 01/13/2004 4:19:07 PM PST by mommy23
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks for the zing!

More prayers for Fr. G!!

9 posted on 01/13/2004 4:53:15 PM PST by BossLady
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
That father was to share in a whistle blower reward and supposedly received death threats.

You're thinking of Fr. John Corapi. I somehow doubt that death threats scare him in the least, however.

I'm sure the lavendar mafia would love to take out Fr. Groeschel, but I've seen no indication that this is anything other than a tragic accident.
10 posted on 01/13/2004 6:42:27 PM PST by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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To: Antoninus
Yes, Father Corapi is who I was thinking of. I am also hoping that what happened to Father G. was an accident and I wish him a speedy recovery.
11 posted on 01/13/2004 7:13:58 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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