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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2007

The body of a murdered Polish student, 23-year-old Angelika Kluk, was found buried under the floor of St. Patrick's Church in Glasgow. The church's pastor, 66-year-old Father Gerry Nugent, claims to have had a sexual liaison with Kluk. Another man has been charged with her murder. From the Scotsman:

Angelika had enjoyed Fr Nugent's services, which were informal and different from those she was used to in Poland.

Formality in the liturgy often creates a "distance" between priest and people.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2007 12:51 PM ET USA

    "...enjoyed .. services...informal and different..." "...found buried under the floor of ... church..." A perfect summary of the last 50 years.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 1:25 PM ET USA

    I'm still working on the phrase "Angelika had enjoyed Fr Nugent's services."

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 9:47 AM ET USA

    It's always a shock when a priest admits to having a heterosexual affair.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 8:57 AM ET USA

    This same priest scandalised many by setting up couches and easy chairs in the back of the *church*, and served tea, coffee and doughnuts after Masses! "Informal" is not quite the word I would have chosen. Now, however, is a time to pray very hard for him, and for the Catholics of St Patrick's, Anderston, who like it or not, are going have to carry this cross with him all the way to the bitter end in anti-Catholic Scotland.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 8:24 AM ET USA

    "informal and different" ... a creepy euphemism if I ever heard one. Sad, sad story.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 8:14 AM ET USA

    Admittedly, we are given incomplete information. But I can think of several priests to whom my wife would more readily agree as prospective pastoral counselors if I were to need some help with girlfriend problems. However, faithful adherence to litugical norms is by no means a guarantor of good priestly conduct, as witnessed by the tragic fate of Dan O'Connell. I still get your drift, Diogenes.

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