dash-2 obscurity

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 10, 2007

Back in February 2004, Bishop Thomas Dupre rather suddenly resigned from his post at the head of the Springfield, Massachusetts diocese. Since that time, not a word has been heard from the former bishop. Although the Springfield diocese presumably knows where to mail his salary checks, diocesan officials won't say where Dupre is living.

(You might be reclusive, too, if a local prosecutor had indicted you for raping children, then withdrawn the indictment because the statute of limitations had tolled, but broadly hinted that prosecutors in other nearby jurisdictions might still have a live case.)

Now we learn that Dupre has consented to give a deposition in a long-running legal case involving sexual abuse in Springfield. The deposition will cover only his administrative performance as bishop, not the personal accusations lodged against him.

But here's the interesting part:

The deposition is to take place somewhere in Maryland, though [Dupre's lawyer] said he did not know if Dupre is still at St. Luke's.

Odd, isn't it, that the man's lawyer-- who must have been in touch with his client somehow-- doesn't know exactly where Dupre is? In Maryland, most likely (or somewhere close to Maryland), and determined to stay there. It might have been more convenient for everyone else involved if Dupre came to Massachusetts for the deposition, rather than having all the lawyers make the trip south. But he apparently doesn't want to travel to Massachusetts, and he must have a good reason.


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  • Posted by: - May. 13, 2007 10:10 PM ET USA

    St. Luke's Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland is where a lot of the priests accused of sexual abbuse are sent for treatment.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 10:41 PM ET USA

    Doesn't the current Bishop of Springfield have a moral responsibility to his flock to come clean about his predecessor? Continuing to shelter this man from the public adds further scandel to the situation, doesn't it?

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 8:49 PM ET USA

    I'm in Maryland. Why do we draw all the perverts? Trupia hung around in Ellicott City for a while. If anyone knows where His Excellency is specifically, please let us all know. Thanks!

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 4:15 PM ET USA

    Conscience, patriot6908? What do you mean, conscience?

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 3:28 PM ET USA

    Wonder if this deposition will be as truth-filled as those of Lavada & Mahoney? But then, the "Whole Truth", let alone the Holy Truth is never an issue if one wears a red yamulka, aka "beanie."

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 1:39 PM ET USA

    The only comforting thing in all of this is that Bishop Dupre's deposition will be taken under oath, so we know it will be the truth.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 12:40 PM ET USA

    Bishop Dupre can hide from the law, vanish into South America, cover himself with a mountain of disguises, but he can never, never escape from his own conscience; nor ever flee from the judgement of God--for whom there are no statutes of limitations. Given His Excellency's rapidly declining number of days among the breathing, it would behoove him to put his soul in order.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2007 12:00 PM ET USA

    Maryland, Maryland....hmmm.... isn't that where Cardinal Law went, ostensibly to minister to a convent of nuns, after resigning from Boston and prior to becoming Archpriest at Sta. Maria Maggiore? No extradition treaties with Massachusetts?