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Massachusetts bishop faces charges for drunk driving, leaving accident scene

May 07, 2013

Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester entered a not-guilty plea on May 7 to charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Bishop McManus was arrested in Rhode Island on Saturday evening, May 4, and charged with driving while intoxicated. The arrest came after another motorist reported that the bishop had hit his car and failed to stop. Bishop McManus refused testing for blood-alcohol level when he was confronted at his family’s vacation home.

On Monday, the bishop issued a statement acknowledging “a terrible error in judgment” and promised to “make amends and accept the consequences of my action.” The next day, after entering the not-guilty plea, he declined further comment on advice from his lawyer.


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  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - May. 09, 2013 9:57 AM ET USA

    The only way one can make amends for an incident like this is to resign. The church in the U.S. has suffered far too much scandal already, and we are in sorry shape when we hold ourselves accountable to a lower moral standard than that the world is willing to follow.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 07, 2013 6:44 PM ET USA

    If we were ever tempted to put our clergy on a pedestal,which the humble ones never wanted,now is not the time.