Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1962, Abilene, Texas
'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 8, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Ex-Priest Says He Left Home on Own SAN FRANCISCO ex- priest, whose .wife contends chuich officials forced into a mon- astery against his will, denies ihe church had anything to do with his leaving. Walter A. Ryan, 57, object of a search since his wife made her charges in a suit against the Roman Catholic Chuich, termed his wife's charges ridiculous and an unfair reflection upon thq Catholic Church. He said he came to California seven years ago because of a drinking problem which he has since conquered, and has not left the slate since. "My connections with the Church hpd been cut long before I left New Ryan said in an interview Thursday with the San Francisco Examiner. His wife, Alice. 41, of Glen Head. N.Y., filed the suit Monday in Mineola, N.Y. She charged that Roman .Catholics had spirited Ryan away from her and their four children in 19SS. She said they were secretly married in Maryland on Nov. 13, 1950, while Ryan was assistant pastor of (he Glen Cover parish. Ryan gave a different version. "1 had left home under a mutual agreement with ray wife, and not under the influence of liquor or at the insistence of he said. Ryan said he headed to San Francisco where friends helped him with his drinking problem. He said that for four years he sent his wife the monthly check for which he received from Ihe Army as a disability pension He said his disability resulted from pneumonia he had while he was an Army chaplain. ''I contributed to the support of my wife and family up until the lime the fourth child was born- two years after I had last seen my Ryan said. "My wife's claim (hnl I revisited her and our three daughters in 1956 Is utterly false. Once I left home, I never returned." flyan also said ih.it reports he was n war hero are "just so much bunk." "The trulh of Ihe matter is. I have never been out of Ihe United Slates. 1 enlisted as a volunteer in the Army Chaplain Corps with the rank of first lieutenant. I later was promoted to. captain. I served but 18 months and was never out of the country." Mrs. Ryan's suil lisled her chil- dren as 10, 9, 8 and 5 years old. Senator to Check Change ol Duty Jimmy Bialas, five weeks old, is probably tlie youngest person "ullv tested and filter! with a liparinp aiH HP was hni-n with HEARING FINE ever to be successfully tested and fitted with a hearing aid. He was born with no outer ear openings. Jimmy's sister, Kathy, 4, demonstrates how he reacts to the sound of her voice. (AP Wirephoto) French Strafing Rebels' Artillery Base officials Thursday they are "onvinccd sonic booms me truly he "sound of security." Commissioner Cleve Cullers anil ity Manager man attended FT. POLK, John Stcnnis, I.a.
Publication: Abilene Reporter News
Location: Abilene, Texas
Issue Date: March 9, 1962