By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
CHICAGO ( JGL) – Sometimes, there is virtue in having pre-marital sex when a woman wants to cancel out marriage by convenience!
This is what Cristina Rome Ang, 45, of Roselle, Illinois found out.
Anthony Sy Ang, 43, was not very forthcoming over his sexual preference with Cristina Rome-Ang when she agreed to marry him in Makati, Philippines in 2010.
In September 2015, when Anthony finally arrived in the United States to join Cristina so they can finally start a family, Cristina told Cook County Court Associate Judge John Thomas Carr in Chicago, Illinois that “Respondent (Anthony Sy Ang) still refused to have intimacy and sexual intercourse with the Petitioner (Cristina Rome-Ang) when the parties lived together in Roselle, Illinois,” citing “undisclosed” health problems.
In filing a no-contest annulment of their marriage, Cristina told the court that she found out why he was very cold to her. Cristina said on or around May 4, 2016, she “discovered emails, text messages, and telephone calls between the Respondent and the Associate parish priest, who was a friend of the Petitioner’s family, which contained explicit materials and communication of homosexual nature.
“As a result, Petitioner became distraught and depressed and confronted Respondent as soon as he arrived from work,” she said, adding the “Respondent became irate and called the police to report Petitioner’s alleged violent behavior.”
Cristina said the police came by but did not file any charge or complaint against her. And the police advised her husband “to leave the marital house and stay away from the Petitioner for 24 hours.”
The following day, however, Cristina said that while she was at work, “Respondent returned to their marital home and gathered all his personal belongings. He left the marital home with all his belongings and Petitioner has not seen Respondent nor heard from him since.”
Cristina said, “Upon information and belief, the Respondent is being concealed from the Petitioner by the Associate parish priest, who is believed to be having a sexual relationship with the Respondent.”
Cristina filed a complaint against the Associate priest with the Rockford Diocese where he serves as a priest.
In a letter to Chicago-area Philippine Weekly editor and columnist Orly Bernadino, Cristina identified the Associate parish priest as Fr. Joel Lopez, Parochial Administrator of the Christ the King Catholic Church in Wonder Lake, Illinois.
In her letter, she said her husband, Anthony Ang worked as part-time at Manila Fiesta Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Roselle, Illinois, a position that enabled him to meet some regular clients, among them, Rev. Joel Lopez.
“It wasn’t long before Anthony and Fr. Lopez became noticeably close as friends, their relationship blossoming beyond the usual chatter between a restaurant worker and regular client, one which I didn’t give any meaning knowing that Anthony is finally making friends in the community.”
Cristina, however, learned that when Anthony moved out from their home, it was Fr. Lopez, who found him “a place where my husband could stay for the meantime with a friend of his, Greg, in suburban Oak Park.”
According to her, Greg told her that “Father Lopez even brought a portable heater for Tony and other personal items that he might need, like a comforter. Only then did I realize what role Fr. Lopez was playing. That instead of trying to fix our marriage, he wanted Anthony for himself.
“He intended all along to wreck the marriage. They had also changed Anthony’s name or nickname so that he wouldn’t be traced to the house where he was staying with a friend.”
Cristina said she wrote a complaint to Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford Diocese, who referred her complaint to Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Deutsch, Pastor of St. Bridget, Loves Park and Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Religious and Diocesan Chaplain for the American Heritage Girls. Fr. Lopez’s church is under the Rockford Diocese.
She said, Rev. Msgr. Deutsch told her “Father Joel has been informed of your complaint. While I can’t discuss details of personnel issues with you, know that the matter has been seriously dealt with and will continue to be monitored.”
Anthony, however, may not be able to keep an assumed name for long when he tries to file to make his conditional immigration status permanent before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Cristina told Judge Carr that she has also contacted the Department of Homeland Security to report Respondent fraudulent immigration scheme to obtain a “green card” based on marriage to Petitioner.
Under the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 that was passed in order to deter immigration-related marriage fraud, it stipulates that aliens deriving their immigrant status based on a marriage of less than two years are conditional immigrants.
To remove their conditional status, the immigrants must apply at an U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office during the 90-day period before their second-year anniversary of receiving conditional status. Anthony should have filed for the removal of his conditional status starting last June, 2017.
The Public Law 99-639 said, if the aliens cannot show that the marriage through which the status was obtained was and is a valid one, their conditional immigrant status may be terminated and they may become deportable.
The Judge Carr also granted Cristina’s “leave to resume or return to the use of her maiden name of ROME.”
When this reporter contacted the office of Bishop Malloy of Rockford Diocese about the case of Father Lopez, the staff said that they will refer my inquiry to their lawyer, who never returned my call.
An email message for comment to Father Lopez by this reporter did not generate any response.
Hope Mercado Turner, lawyer for Cristina, told this reporter she will relay to her client my interest to interview Cristina. (email@example.com