For more than a year, speculation, rumors and mystery have surrounded the former leader of the Gallup Catholic Diocese, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Last July, Bishop Donald Pelotte sustained multiple injuries in his home. He said he fell down a flight of stairs, but a mysterious 911 call from Pelotte is casting doubt on his claim — so are his injuries.A Gallup police officer called to the hospital took pictures of the battered and bruised bishop. The pictures have recently been publicly released, reported TV station KOAT. … A dispatch log from September details Gallup police were called to the bishop’s home after he told operators “gentle little people about 3 to 4 feet tall wearing Halloween masks” were in his home.”Can you tell me what happened?” the dispatcher asked.”They’re just moving. They’ve been quiet. They’ve been going upstairs in the bedrooms and hiding behind the artifacts. But they don’t talk,” said Pelotte, adding that they were wearing masks.”What kind of masks do they have?” asked the dispatcher.”Ma’am, I don’t have the time to tell you. You’ll see it for yourself. Please send somebody over here,” said Pelotte.He then told the dispatcher that the little people were gentle, but that he was going to hide in his bedroom.In April, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the bishop’s resignation. The bishop has been living in Florida. – koat