In Austin, Texas, one priest has caused many people to question the church. The priest, who was in the home of one of his most loyal and faithful Catholic parishioners, was there for one purpose and one purpose only. He was to give the dying Catholic her last rites so she could ascend to heaven. However, as the priest Rev. Gerold Langsch recited the woman’s last rites, he also reached over and groped her breasts as she lied dying in hospice care.
On Thursday, the priest was arrested after a lengthy investigation sparked from the October 5, 2018 encounter. Langsch was charged with assault and will now face trial.
Since being arrested, the priest, who is 75-years-old, has paid the $15,000 bond and is back at work with his parishioners. However, if found guilty of assaulting the woman while she was dying in hospice care, he could be fined up to $4,000 and spend an entire year in jail.
An affidavit describes the abuses Langsch engaged in while he was at the victim’s home for her last rites. The victim was in hospice care for complications resulting from diabetes when Langsch was anointing the final sacrament of absolution.
The woman did not die on that day. She still lives and remembers vividly as Langsch groped her and tried to gain pleasure from her dying moments.
The woman said that Langsch anointed her with holy water on her chest. Then he began to apply lotion and started massaging it into her breasts as he licked his lips. Then he muttered four words:
“Does that feel good?”
Langsch then tried to get more out of the dying woman. He attempted to slip his hand into her adult diaper but failed to do so.
After the woman received her last rites, she was left in a state of shock. She never expected the priest to do that to her and told the police that his actions left her feeling uncomfortable and feeling like a “nasty, dirty piece of meat.”
Less than a week after the alleged assault, police received a call about it. However, they were not able to make an arrest until March, months later. Police blame the woman’s health as the reason the investigation was delayed, but nowt that they have her sworn affidavit, they were ready to lay the hammer down on the groping priest.
On Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Austin tried to get out ahead of the scandal and said that Langsch had been the pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Austin until last month after they “received an unrelated report that he had failed to maintain proper boundaries with an adult.”
The report allegedly did not involve physical contact, but it was enough for the priest to lose his position.
Because the diocese does not want Langsch scaring more people out of their churches, they plan to cooperator fully with the police investigation and are looking for any other parishioners to come forward if they ever had a negative experience with Langsch.
The Austin police want to hear from any other victims as well. They are uncertain if this was an isolated incident or if Langsch had more victims.