Thursday, October 21, 2010

Intercessors of the Lamb gave haven to fugitive

By Christopher Burbach


A Pennsylvania woman wanted on an FBI warrant for allegedly fleeing parental kidnapping charges lived for as long as two years with her daughter, under assumed names, with the Intercessors of the Lamb religious group in Omaha.

And after a friend of the Intercessors spotted a wanted poster at a Walmart store, the then-director of the group, Mother Nadine Brown, allegedly directed someone to drive the woman, Carolyn Casey-Keyvani, and her child to California, an Omaha archdiocese official and a former Intercessor said.

The incident was one of the alarming issues that came to light when a canon lawyer visited the Intercessors of the Lamb this summer, said the Rev. Joseph Taphorn, moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

That visitation, by the Rev. James Conn of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, led to Brown's resignation at Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas' request. Two weeks later, Lucas shut down the Intercessors as a Catholic organization, saying that the Intercessors of the Lamb Inc. board had impeded his efforts to reform the group.

An attorney for the board members has said they disagree with the archdiocese and many of its findings.
Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The board's attorney, David Levy, said he does not represent Brown and that the board had no comment on the allegations about the fugitive...

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