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By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Oct 23, 2003

A priest in the Worcester, Mass., diocese is under indictment for allegedly embezzling $250,000 from his parish. Now investigators are looking into whether he gave some of that money to a prison inmate. William Lamontagne is serving a 12 to 15 year sentence for-- you guessed it--child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child. They aren't saying what the relationship between the two men is. You don't have to be Nostradamus to predict what the answer will be.

There was a case in Middleton, Mass., a few years ago of a youth minister who was abusing boys. The pastor never knew about it because he was too busy having sex with men on work release programs from the county jail. In the Paul Shanley case, some of the victims allege that Shanley was part of a ring of child molesters who passed their victims around from one to other. Oh, and had sex with one another.

It could be that Father Ouellette and Lamontagne simply had a legitimate business transaction with no untoward sexual issues involved. But I wouldn't bet my house on it.

Here is another story with more details. A legal aid attorney who first spoke to Lamontagne says, "There are priests and clergy who try to do a lot for people in prison. Whether (Ouellette) does that for other people I don't know." Well, giving part of a quarter million is certainly do a lot. Ouellette was never assigned to prison ministry. How does he know him? What was the money for? It's conceivable it was hush money. I think we'll get more details in days to come.

Keep repeating to yourself that homosexuality has nothing to do with the Scandal. you might convince yourself.

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  • Posted by: shrink - Oct. 23, 2003 5:53 PM ET USA

    This case sounds very much like the Indianapolis priest who in 1994 embezzled 1/2mil in parish donations to spirit he and his lover off to the Caribbean. He was soon caught by diocesesan accountants, and sent, not to jail, but on a sabbatical to Jerusalem! A few months ago, the same fellow was arrested for turning tricks at a truck stop. Old habits die hard. Who says that temperance has nothing to do with justice? Last time I checked it was Bill Clinton, and a few bishops such as Weakland.

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