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Disgraced bishop pled the Fifth for 3 hours

July 15, 2010

Bishop Thomas Dupré, who resigned from his position in 2004 and was later indicted on charges of raping two boys when he was a parish priest, pled the Fifth Amendment for three hours during a recent deposition. Andrew Nicastro has filed suit against the former bishop of Springfield (Massachusetts), alleging that he failed to supervise an abusive priest, Alfred Graves, who was laicized in 2006.

Attorneys for the bishop and Mr. Nicastro argued before a judge on July 14 about whether the video deposition should be made public. “The spectacle of three-plus hours of the man being deposed and taking the Fifth Amendment should not be published at this time,” the bishop’s attorney told the judge in the case. “It will only serve to cause him embarrassment, harassment, or perhaps worse. This will be on the Internet by tomorrow night.”


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 16, 2010 3:51 AM ET USA

    Pray he will open his heart and repent and may God have mercy on his soul.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jul. 15, 2010 9:16 PM ET USA

    This is the kind of bishop the pope says won't be dealt with by the Vatican? Not right, Holy Father, not right. If you expect Holy Mother Church to be taken seriously, the church must take seriously accusations against priests AND bishops. After all, they're all priests.

  • Posted by: adamah - Jul. 15, 2010 6:52 PM ET USA

    And he continues to disgrace both himself and his office. How about a little contrition and getting honest about the whole thing? But, that would be asking more than he is capable. Anyone who molests a child is a psychopath-----I guess it is not fair to expect him to do the right thing----he is simply not capable. Only the grace of God can help him.