Diocese of Trenton, NJ priest “trolling” for sex with young boy gets an unpleasant surprise.

“Promise me you will never breath (sic) a word of this to anyone — ok?” he wrote.

(Fr.) Riedlinger had good reason for discretion.

He is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, and while exchanging more than 1,200 text messages over four weeks last year, he thought was he talking to a 16-year-old boy.

Riedlinger, at the time an assistant pastor at St. Aloysius Church in Jackson and a sex-education teacher at the parish school, was the target of an elaborate sting by a Catholic University of America graduate who says the priest sexually harassed him for years.

Timothy Schmalz, now 23 and a resident of Washington, D.C., said he was moved to action after his first complaint about Riedlinger in 2011 resulted in what he characterized as a slap on the wrist by Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell.



  1. Too Much Information….Sad Story, for all!
    Social Media, is not a prudent outlet, for any member of the Clergy!
    Some Professionals, are cautioned against, Social Media, for Privacy Reasons, and to guard your Reputation!
    Why, would a Priest’s or Prelates, engage in communication, that might, draw them into Dark Places, when they should, only be in Light!?

  2. The “sting” here is also so wrong! Even worse are those by “law enforcement” trolling for “sex offenders.” Really, the former are out to create crimes—often solely thought “crimes”—in order to leverage the LE “business”: which, IMO, makes their shady undertakings far worse morally than Schmaltz’s.

    LE stings seek to lead people into sin wholesale. LE vice operatives have also been known to reap “entertainment” value out of their depredations (the execrable To Catch a Predator illustrates this point).

    Lots of scare quotes, here, I admit. But the topic is overrun with nuance and gray areas.

    However, the lies behind the stings are not gray at all, but plainly and undeniably sinful and evil. In the case of the CU student—righteously motivated as he might be—he is setting out, via a lie, to lure a known sinner into more and greater sin. Likewise in the case of police stings, but many, many times over.

    There are no easy answers here, except for the answer to this question: Who is the Father of Lies? Knowing the answer to that, I ask the follow-up: When is it ever permissible for someone to make common cause with him in the pursuit of justice?

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