A murderer is "a priest in good standing"

Often headlines are a little misleading. The headline you just read is not. It's true.

On the very day that Pope Francis met with abuse victims, the Toledo Blade reported that a convicted murderer - who choked and stabbed a nun to death - would be buried with full priestly honors

By the time you read this that burial may have already happened. Still, it's worth noting, especially for the sake of those whose lives have been touched by violent crimes, especially murder and child sexual abuse.

Fr. Gerald Robinson died last week in prison. A jury found him guilty of brutally killing Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl.

(It would have happened sooner, but a top Toledo Catholic official interrupted police questioning of Fr. Robinson, resulting in years of delay and doubt.) 

The Toledo diocese has no bishop right now. Fr. Charles Ritter heads the diocese now. He's announced that Fr. Robinson is still "a priest in good standing" and will be buried accordingly.

We begged Toledo Catholic officials to reconsider. So did the National Survivors Action Coalition. So did the Voice of the Faithful.

No dice. No response.

The Catholic hierarchy takes little action against predators who commit child sex crimes. It takes virtually no action against enablers who conceal these crimes. But one would think that Catholic officials would rally and act against a priest who was accused of molesting a child and found guilty of killing a nun.

Think again. Think again, and weep.

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commented 2014-08-02 17:03:52 -0500 · Flag
This is 2104 ?
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commented 2014-07-10 13:27:26 -0500 · Flag
Go Isabel Sinton! I agree.
commented 2014-07-09 20:14:57 -0500 · Flag
My perp was murdered in prison by a victim of sex abuse, whoops! they put him in a cell right next to him oh well. BUT when buried in a prominent city cemetery there were 8 nuns in white singing hymns. Ignorance, where it has resided since inception at the rcc
commented 2014-07-09 15:24:30 -0500 · Flag
Mr Duffin’s so very right!
commented 2014-07-09 11:08:08 -0500 · Flag
Let’s review: Have an abortion – No Catholic Burial.Divorced and remarried Catholic – you’re out. Even think that women could be priests – instant Excommunication.
Stab a nun to death – Hey that’s cool, we’re all sinners.
commented 2014-07-09 11:07:46 -0500 · Flag
Let’s review: Have an abortion – No Catholic Burial.Divorced and remarried Catholic – you’re out. Even think that women could be priests – instant Excommunication.
Stab a nun to death – Hey that’s cool, we’re all sinners.
commented 2014-07-09 09:31:35 -0500 · Flag
If Father Robinson had killed a bishop or cardinal would he still be a priest in good standing.
commented 2014-07-09 09:25:15 -0500 · Flag
What more evidence does a person need to realize that your life would be lived in a MUCH moral way by leaving the Catholic Church.
Grow up for once and read/listen to ‘God is NOT Great’ by Christopher Hitchens.
You did it with Santa Clause.
Now take the big and last step for the sake of humanity. Quit thinking about how much the church means to you. Think of all of the young people that you will be infecting by passing down such a barbaric and savage way of thinking.
Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our actions, we bring healing, prevention and justice.



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