Catholic church officials helped one of their priests avoid murder charges for six decades after her raped and strangled a teacher and dumped her body in a canal, a shocking new investigation has revealed.
Former priest John Feit, 85, was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Irene Garza in a South Texas court on December 7, 2017, and was sentenced to life in prison the next day, more than 57 years after her body was found in McAllen.
The 48 Hours investigation, broadcast on CBS in the episode titled ‘Sins of the Father,’ revealed the numerous ways the Catholic church officials protected Feit from justice in the intervening years between the murder and his 2016 arrest.
According to the report, the church moved Feit around the country and even allowed him to obtain a position of authority over troubled priests, including Massachusetts’ James Porter, who would later plead guilty to molesting 28 children while authorities continued to investigate him.
On April 16, 1960, Father John Feit, then a visiting priest from Chicago, was deemed a person of interest in the disappearance and murder of Garza.
Feit, then 27, had taken Garza’s confession at the rectory of McAllen’s Sacred Heart Church on the Holy Saturday before Easter. It was the last time the school teacher and former beauty queen was seen alive.
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