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wTuesday, August 26, 2003

DID I HAVE TO BE SO RIGHT?: Regarding defrocked pedophile priest John Geoghan's recent death, in prison, at the hands of an inmate, I said the following in March of 2002:

Pardon a poor hayseed American boy for wondering if the last line of this John O'Sullivan column isn?t just dripping with that famous British irony. The context would seem to contradict this conclusion but, well, you be the judge. O'Sullivan avers that...Geoghan "can only hope to find in prison the stern but loving Christ whom he evaded all too easily in the Boston Archdiocese."

Um - how to put this? - no. If he's lucky Geoghan can hope to find his way into the stern but loving hands of a guy named Bubba. More likely he and his fellow (alleged) child molester priests are on their knees saying many a rosary hoping for solitary confinement. Prisoners are startlingly intolerant of child molesters, the starched collars notwithstanding.

I'm not as giddy as Kathy Shaidle about this one ("Millstone. Neck. Repeat as necessary"), but it remains true that Geoghan was a serious piece of work. Unlike most of the "pedophile priests" who have been sacked or investigated for having sex with teens (which, I should repeat, is very, very bad) Geoghan was the genuine article. He molested upwards of 150 young boys.

One should hope, along with O'Sullivan, that Geoghan had some kind of come to Jesus moment in prison. But in this case, I'm afraid that any expression of such a hope on my part would be strictly pro forma.

posted by Jeremy at 11:06 PM