Dupre in the Dock

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2004

The Feds, it seems, aren't completely sold on Bishop Gregory's assurance that "It's history." Prosecutors are beginning to connect the dots between Springfield ex-Bishop Dupre's keeping mum about his own deviant sexual assault and his keeping mum about the deviant sexual assaults of his priests -- a process alternatively called "poor record keeping" or "racketeering," depending on one's perspective. RICO charges, though not on the table yet, are being discussed in addition to those already brought by the local DA.

Saying there is "probable cause," [Springfield District Attorney] Bennett in March gave a grand jury allegations of abuse by former bishop the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre and a variety of other possible charges, including failure to report sexual misconduct to proper authorities, concealment of sexual abuse, and other matters regarding the reporting of abuse by the diocese while Dupre was in a position to influence reporting.

Dupre resigned Feb. 10, the day after The Republican confronted him with the allegations he sexually abused two boys beginning more than 25 years ago.

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  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 6:26 PM ET USA

    Anyone who ever spent any time with Dupre's seminarians or priests knows the extent of ACTIVE homosexuality among the priests of that diocese. While I was at St. John's in Boston, the Springfield 'men' were overwhelmingly gay. One of them, finally expelled from St. John's because of the VERY large number of guys he'd molested there, was given a clean bill of health to study for the priesthood in an order that runs boys' high schools. They got in, and were protected - by the bishop? You decide

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2004 10:55 AM ET USA

    Since the bishops have neither collectively nor individually come forward to finger the bad apples in their midst, I fully support the federal government doing it for them. Until these men develop an adequate sense of moral outrage for the evil that they or others among them have done, this scandal will continue to fester in the Church. I can only hope the guilty are dogged to their grave, if necessary, if that is what it takes to cleanse the Church of this pestilence.