But the deal-breaker was that we would not vow to raise my daughter as a Catholic.
I had known the priest since grammar school days at St. Cecilia's. He was one of those young, hip, Jesus Christ Superstar kind of priests. He observed that I "lived in the eye of a whirlwind."
Just on a hunch, I Googled his name last night. It seems there are far worse places to be than in a whirlwind...
Edward A. Igle
Allegations: A West Berlin man said in a lawsuit and in interviews with The Inquirer that the priest assaulted him in the 1970s, beginning when he was 14 years old and continuing until he was 17.
The abuse included rape, and took place at St. Cecilia's church in Pennsauken and at a parish in Blackwood, the man said. The priest paid a $7,000 settlement, the victim said.
Church response: Igle was allowed to remain in ministry after the lawsuit was settled. He was permanently removed in 2000.
Status: Igle, 58, who now lives in Cape May, said in an e-mail that he "denied all the allegations in the lawsuit" and "assumed no guilt or liability." He said he left the priesthood in May 2000 on a voluntary "leave of absence."
Church officials said he had been removed because of abuse allegations.