Our Fabulous Florida Bishops, Snapshot #4

By Diogenes (articles) | Nov 10, 2003

In March of 2002, Keith Symons's successor as Bishop of Palm Beach, Bishop Anthony O'Connell, admitted that, as a seminary rector, he "touched inappropriately in bed" a high school seminarian in the years spanning the ninth through twelfth grades. Somewhat cryptically he announced there could be "one other person of a somewhat similar situation, in a somewhat similar time frame." At the press conference following his resignation, O'Connell said, "I will have to confess that in some ways I was very misguided back in those years." He also mentioned that he'd made "wonderful Jewish friends" during his brief period in Palm Beach, as well as "wonderful friends in the Muslim community, in the Protestant community and in the civic community."

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