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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 18, 2004

Boston's good Father John had a sweet tooth for the laddies that provoked complaints from the breeders over the years. So why was he still serving?

"They involved allegations from adults," archdiocese spokesman the Rev. Christopher Coyne said, explaining why McLaughlin had not been removed. "(The new allegation) was involving someone under the age of 18 at the time. That's the difference."

Obvious once you think about it. Silly of us to ask.

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  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2004 11:21 PM ET USA

    "He's the last priest on earth I'd suspect of misconduct." This adds to the tragedy of these cases. I'll wager it is a very common remark when Fr. Bob or Fr. Jimmy is fingered with an accusation of sexual impropriety. All the more reason for bishops who know these men to be scrupulously careful to protect the faithful from harm at their hands! If there is credible suspicion these people should be sent to monasteries. If there is proof of wrongdoing jail is where they need to be.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 8:25 PM ET USA

    R.C. Ditto!

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 4:43 PM ET USA

    This is a particularly sad case for us orthodox/conservative folks in Boston: we know Fr. McLaughlin as a solid and generous priest serving a devout ethnic congregation, encouraging traditional devotions, and re-building the local Holy Name Societies across the archdiocese from virtually nothing. He's the last priest on earth I'd suspect of misconduct.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 3:18 PM ET USA

    I notice that one of the victims is El Salvadoran, and Spanish speaking, so I suppose good Father Grope er Father John could attribute his, ahem, difficulties to a lack of English As a Second Language programs in the diocesan area. Failing that, he can console himself with the fact that a disproportionate number of Spanish speaking immigrants vote Republican. Get out the vote.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 1:31 PM ET USA

    It does not matter either the age or the gender of the victim. Under no circumstances should such a one be allowed to continue in ministry. Vatican Council II issued a universal call to holiness for everyone. We fail, yes we do, but such behavior in a priests due to their position should require immediate removal. Do the those in authority understand that a priest stands in persona Christi capitis? That such men are ordained or allowed to remain in the priesthood is sacrilege.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 12:41 PM ET USA

    A Catholic priest assaulting adult males in a homosexual manner vs. a Catholic priest assaulting a boy in a homosexual manner: Viva la différence! (I'm sure this distinction is made obvious in Canon Law... somewhere.)

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 10:46 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, I love your wit. Is it wrong of me to pray that some of these miscreants stumble across your commentaries?

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2004 10:05 AM ET USA

    You can't tell me that people in high places aren't working their very hardest to destroy the Church - or what's left of it.