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The Age of Consent

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 09, 2003

It seems that the Cape Cod reporters are supplying the missing links on Father Good Friends.

A sense of shock reverberated through this small village yesterday, triggered by news that the Rev. Bernard Kelly had conducted a sexual relationship with the man accused of killing Jonathan Wessner. Paul Nolin, 39, a convicted sex offender from Falmouth, charged last week with Wessner's murder, worked as a handyman at the church.

A neighbor of St. Joseph's parish said yesterday that she was shocked to hear of Nolin's connection to the church, just doors away from where she and her two small children live. ... "I have no real issues with Nolin and Kelly if they had a relationship. They're adults."

We're on a learning curve here.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Oct. 09, 2003 2:23 PM ET USA

    "conducted a sexual relationship" -- oh please -- aren't we now mature enough to read "they were lovers". Re: the neighbor: isn't there fundamental hypocrisy in a person being an active homosexual and a Catholic priest -- since such a priest is, at least in theory, required to proclaim and teach what the Catholic Church holds as doctrine?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 09, 2003 1:34 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, My Spider Sense is tingling. I am getting the distinct intuition (hunch) that more than a few folks at the Vatican read CWNews.com; I do hope that we the faithful cannot be accused, under Canon Law, of sedition or disloyalty.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Oct. 09, 2003 12:55 PM ET USA

    Problem is the learning curve has gone so flat we are actually in minus numbers going down hill. Normal bell curve minus 30 standard deviations.

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