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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 14, 2003

A former prison warden discusses the difference between his own employment standards and those of the Diocese of Erie:

David Bruce: You were in contact with an accused pedophile priest during your time as superintendent at SCI Albion. What happened?

Former Superintendent Edward Brennan: The diocese referred an accused pedophile to us to serve as chaplain, back in 1997 or 1998. We found this out during a background search, and when we approached the diocese, they said "It's up to you whether you accept him, but we're not commenting about it." You talk about putting a fox in charge of the hen house. I was outraged. By all rights he should have been an inmate in the prison, not a chaplain. I talked to the priest. He said he was accused but it was never proven. He added, though, that he went for therapy and was now cured. He didn't become a chaplain at Albion.

But if the priest himself claimed he was "cured" as a result of therapy initiated as a result of an "accusation," then how could the Diocese ... oh, never mind.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 14, 2003 1:20 PM ET USA

    Prison guards, police officers, teachers, social workers, daycare providers, garbage men, homeless drifters...What do they all have in common? They are all held to higher standards than priests.