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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Two Chicago-area priests were charged Monday with Lewd and Lascivious behavior and Indecent Exposure after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car parked on a Miami Beach street.

According to Miami Beach Police, 39-year-old Diego Berrio and 30-year-old Edwin GiraldoCortez were in the front seat of a car performing oral sex.

Police got a 911 call about a lewd and lascivious incident taking place in the 1300 block of Ocean Drive.

When officers arrived, the police report states, the two were performing sex acts on each other “in full view of the public passing by on Ocean Drive and the sidewalk.”

It was 3:20 in the afternoon.

Diego Berrio (left) and Edwin GiraldoCortez were arrested and charged with Lewd and Lascivious behavior and Indecent Exposure after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car on Miami Beach. (Miami Beach Corrections Department)

“Yesterday, we received a call indicating that two men were performing a sex act inside of a car. This is in broad daylight, 13th Street and Ocean Drive. There are no tints on the window,” explained Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

When police arrived, it was still going on.

Police said Berrio and GiraldoCortez were so engaged, they didn’t even notice that police were there.

“We observed the two males performing the sex act, the officer had to tap on the window to get their attention,” said Rodriguez.

Both men were placed under arrest without incident.

Candice Parker was with her son at the playground.

“The fact that they are priests is above and beyond shocking,” she said. “I don’t understand this kind of behavior. They’re supposed to be leading good example and they’re doing exactly the opposite.”

The arrest reports state both men are priests from Arlington Heights, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.

The address they gave comes back to the Mission San Juan Diego Parish in Arlington Heights.

“Their profession is irrelevant, in fact our trouble with this is that this is broad daylight, for anyone to see including children.  There’s a time and a place for everything and this certainly was not the time and place,” said Rodriguez.

Police point out there is a children’s playground near the intersection of 13th and Ocean Drive.

Berrio was charged with a misdemeanor charge of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior and GiraldoCortez was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior plus Indecent Exposure.

Late Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement regarding the two priests.

“We were informed this morning that Rev. Diego Berrio, pastor of Misión San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Rev. Edwin Giraldo Cortes, an extern priest from Soacha, Colombia who served at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago for one month, August 1 to August 31, 2018, were arrested in Miami on September 3, 2018.

“Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has removed Fr. Berrio from ministry and withdrawn his faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective immediately. The archdiocese will appoint an administrator for the Misión San Juan Diego as soon as possible.

“Archdiocese representatives have been in contact with Fr. Cortes’ home diocese of Soacha, Colombia and informed them that Fr. Cortes will not be granted additional faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“It is our responsibility to ensure those who serve our people are fit for ministry. We take this matter very seriously and will provide updates as they become available.”

The two men have since bonded out of jail but had nothing to say as they left.


Comments (110)
  1. Well, a new position awaits them at the Vatican.

    1. rogeralan says:

      Maybe they were trying out a new position….

  2. RBennett Gard says:

    The Pope probably doesn’t care.

  3. Richard Jarzynka says:

    They must be immediately thrown out of the priesthood.

  4. Peter Dornay says:

    Who is their Bishop?

    1. petranchmom says:

      Cardinal Blaise Cupich…appointed by Pope Francis!

  5. Don McCoy says:

    GOOD GOD! LOL! At least they weren’t with little boys…not that what they did was much better. I wonder why people are leaving Catholicism in DROVES?

    1. Amicus Brief says:

      Because some of us want to fix the church, not shut it down. It has to be cleaned up, no doubt about it.

  6. Pei Tsing says:

    Irresponsible organization will blow this off as well.

    Rev. Diego Berrio Barrera is appointed as coordinator of the Office for Extern and International Priests ad interim while retaining duties as pastor of Mision San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights, and with the Metropolitan Tribunal.

    Diego Berrió, 27, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Columbia. After attending the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Berrio entered law school, but left to study philosophy and to consider the priesthood. After finishing his philosophy studies, he was accepted into Casa Jesús and Mundelein Seminary. Berrió’s first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 10:30 a.m. on May 18 at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 6200 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Edna Parish, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.

  7. forgive you father for you have sinned…..

  8. In the middle of the day??!!!
    In front of the children’s playground!!!???

    1. Bill McClellan says:

      Once I read there was a playground nearby, their actions made perfect sense; just warming up…

  9. Edmond Day says:

    Go to a motel for ‘Christ’ sake.

    1. Andrea Calkins says:

      Why not in the confession chamber in the church? Hotels cost money.

  10. Sam Jones says:

    Sounds like it will be the cops who will taking their confessions.

  11. Pat Scott says:

    If their Bishop is not one himself then he will remove them IMMEDIATELY!!! And PERMANENTLY!!

  12. Rudman Miller says:

    This should come as no surprise to anyone. The Catholic church is rife with pagan idolatry.

  13. Mike Gieser says:

    What about that huge garbage patch in the Pacific?!?!?

  14. Oliver McFee says:

    Francis the Talking Pope will get right on this once he’s done campaigning for homeless Ecuadorian Porpoises and cross-eyed snapping turtles. Priorities, folks!

    1. Peter Dornay says:

      “Sadly, all too many efforts fail due to the lack of effective regulation and means of control particularly with regard to the protection of marine areas beyond national confines.” Pope Francis
      I think most decent Catholics and others would prefer,
      “Sadly, all too many efforts fail due to the lack of effective regulation and means of control of priests involved in sodomy and sexual assaults beyond national confines.”

  15. The one on the left must have an Iphone X

  16. Dan Young says:

    The new Pope seems open to this kind of behavior.

  17. Sorry officer but there is not time or place for sodomy!

  18. Joe Waldron says:

    No consequences, no corrections made. Whether in a court of law or a church tribunal. If the Catholic Church (I am Catholic) doesn’t snuff this out, the law will. There’s room for both to act.

  19. Su Yu says:

    Dreamers gonna dream

  20. Dan Brower says:

    Is this what the Catholic Church has come to?

  21. Why didn’t they just get a room? Are there no “hot sheets hotels” in Miami Beach?

  22. Michael Frost says:

    I am sure they knew it was near a playground. Made it that much kinkier for them.

  23. David Foster says:

    There’s just something about a man of the cloth.

  24. Writers Alive says:


  25. David Dunn says:

    I am a Catholic and a Conservative and sadly, the two can no longer co-exist. I will remain Conservative.

  26. These two priests were obviously victims of police harassment and intimidation. The Huffington Post immediately will post articles in their defense. #ifitisLGBTQitisokay

  27. Gordon Lamont says:

    Too many poofs spoil the broth! St. Paul said clearly, to Timothy, that Pastors should be married to one wife and have well-behaved children. This hypocrisy has been invented by the Pharisees in the RC church. Has led to sexual sin for the Priesthood.

  28. “Quick, transfer the homȯs to South America somewhere! Who am I to judge?” — Pope Francis

  29. Ray Mataloni says:

    No fear Holy Mother Church will cover it up. They are pretty good at it.

  30. Arlen Cooper says:

    Ultimate disgrace to God, but for pedophilia.

  31. The USA was founded and framed by English Protestants, NOT Spanish Catholics, thank God!!!

  32. Michael Redford says:

    The last Pope we will see and the end is near for the Catholic Church.

  33. Joan Thiel says:

    No body knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody but, Whoa! Sorry buddy. Let me get you a towel.

  34. Robert Gendron says:

    at least it’s adult on adult.
    i’m sure the holy father will call for silence.
    that’s the solution offered for everything: silence.
    (BTW, don’t forget your alms, make sure you show up on sunday, and also…bring the kids).

  35. Joe Schmolen says:

    Puts Democrats in a bind. They have to condemn religion, but support gays. So they go after the Pope, who had nothing to do with it. Will Democrats condemn gays in the clergy? Can’t do that; what to do, what to do.

  36. Jim Burke says:

    But what about the OCEANS?

  37. The only surprising item is that this involved consenting, gay adults.

  38. Mark Brewer says:

    I guess they blew that job lol.

  39. James Stoffaire says:

    Proving that you can fool some of the papal some of the time but not all of the papal all of the time.

  40. Dandy Begonia says:

    ”Who am I to Judge them” – Pope Francis – 2016
    Pope Francis ” The best response is to not comment” – 2018

  41. The church has been absorbed by satan himself.

  42. Grizz Mann says:

    Working on their sermons?

  43. Bob Satierfed says:

    The Catholic church needs to get with the times and let priests get married (TOO WOMAN). You would have many more priests for one and their sexual desires will be satisfied. And also allow females to become priests. Break tradition…YES,,, but it will also save the Catholic religion.

  44. Marcus Welby says:

    on the plus side, no underage boys were in the car with them so the pope sees this as “progress”…..

  45. Daniel Stuntley says:

    At least they were consenting adults and no minors were involved, this time.

  46. Hal Aluya says:

    Diego Berrio and Edwin GiraldoCortez arrested by Ernesto Rodriguez. ?Que esta mal con esta imagen?

  47. Michael Trian says:

    Liberalism has invaded ALL of our institutions and is destroying them.

  48. Pope – So are you going to hide these young fellers? Are you going to remove them from the Church?

  49. Vernon Messer says:

    These 2 butt stabbers typify what goes on in the LGBT community that wants us to believe it’s normal. It’s debauchery, & hedonism plain & simple.

  50. malice420dotcom says:

    Nothing new. If they were a cop and teacher you’d never hear about it.

  51. Jack Murphy says:

    When are we going to stop saying this is a Catholic problem and finally call it what it really is, a gay problem?

  52. Since they were caught in the act, their lawyer has decided to go for the “chronically short sighted and hired a stick-shift” defence.

    It’s a mistake anyone could make.