Pa. police: Priest caught buying cocaine

A Roman Catholic priest from northeastern Pennsylvania is facing drug possession charges after police say he was caught buying cocaine in Philadelphia. Full Story
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David

Manchester, PA

#1 Feb 13, 2010
Not a good representation of his church or any church for that matter; a poor example for sure and one not worthy to be in his chosen profession.
Mr P

White Mills, PA

#2 Feb 13, 2010
David wrote:
Not a good representation of his church or any church for that matter; a poor example for sure and one not worthy to be in his chosen profession.
Agreed. In this day and age where religion is under fire, clergy must live by the rules.
KUDOS to BRUBAKERS

York, PA

#3 Feb 13, 2010
Since most folks are clamoring for policepersons/teachers to be held to a higher standard, POSSIBLY we should include priests/ministers/persons of THE cloth. What do you think? Maybe cocaine helped suppress his guilt when molesting altar boys. Hey, just sayin'!
TheRealSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#4 Feb 13, 2010
Mr P wrote:
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Agreed. In this day and age where religion is under fire, clergy must live by the rules.
I'm not making excuses for this priest, but after all they're only human like the rest of us (and no, I don't do cocaine or anything else).
Steven C Johnson

Olyphant, PA

#5 Feb 13, 2010
KUDOS to BRUBAKERS wrote:
Since most folks are clamoring for policepersons/teachers to be held to a higher standard, POSSIBLY we should include priests/ministers/persons of THE cloth. What do you think? Maybe cocaine helped suppress his guilt when molesting altar boys. Hey, just sayin'!
That was my first thought, as well.
If the Catholic Church had exposed these monsters hiding behind the cloth years ago, perhaps we wouldn't be thinking these thoughts today.
It's sad that every priest is tarred with the same brush, but the Church brought it on itself. And it will continue until the Church comes clean on its complicity with the actions of ALL of the perverts that committed their heinous acts while hiding within the Church.
Steven C Johnson

Olyphant, PA

#6 Feb 13, 2010
TheRealSheryl wrote:
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I'm not making excuses for this priest, but after all they're only human like the rest of us (and no, I don't do cocaine or anything else).
Well, gee whiz!!! I'm only human, also. And I don't do drugs or molest children, either. Being human doesn't excuse any criminal and/or immoral act.
People in positions of authority or power should be held to a higher standard of behavior, whether they are teachers, politicians, police officers, clergy members or members of the judiciary. The people have entrusted them with power and authority and when they fail to uphold the standards that those positions require, then they should be punished, not only for their actions but also for violating the public trust.
TheRealSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#7 Feb 14, 2010
Steven C Johnson wrote:
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Well, gee whiz!!! I'm only human, also. And I don't do drugs or molest children, either. Being human doesn't excuse any criminal and/or immoral act.
People in positions of authority or power should be held to a higher standard of behavior, whether they are teachers, politicians, police officers, clergy members or members of the judiciary. The people have entrusted them with power and authority and when they fail to uphold the standards that those positions require, then they should be punished, not only for their actions but also for violating the public trust.
Steven, I said I make no excuses for these evil child molesters. You are so right, of all the people, they should be setting examples.
wondering

Sykesville, MD

#8 Feb 14, 2010
KUDOS to BRUBAKERS wrote:
Since most folks are clamoring for policepersons/teachers to be held to a higher standard, POSSIBLY we should include priests/ministers/persons of THE cloth. What do you think? Maybe cocaine helped suppress his guilt when molesting altar boys. Hey, just sayin'!
How about EVERYONE be held to a higher standard, Einstein?
Renaldo

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Feb 14, 2010
Several priests in Phila trade drugs for (gay) sex.
wonder wander no more

York, PA

#10 Feb 14, 2010
wondering wrote:
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How about EVERYONE be held to a higher standard, Einstein?
Read post #6. Tell him, not me! Oh, and don't "wonder" too far, we wouldn't want you to get lost. WANDER, I know.
wonder wander no more

York, PA

#11 Feb 14, 2010
Internet Explorer stated: "Diagnose problem".
OK, I better get to bed. Three (6) six packs in one evening I guess is enough!
Supreme

Annapolis, MD

#12 Feb 14, 2010
wondering wrote:
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How about EVERYONE be held to a higher standard, Einstein?
Or else "Equal Justice Under Law" is just a bunch of letters carved in marble.
TheRealSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#13 Feb 14, 2010
Mr P wrote:
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Agreed. In this day and age where religion is under fire, clergy must live by the rules.
Mr.P,as in the cases of the pedophile priests, I've always said it's the sinner's fault and not the religion's fault.
JJG

Carbondale, PA

#14 Feb 19, 2010
Rather see him buying cocaine than molesting young kids as we all know they are known to do!
TheRealSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#15 Feb 19, 2010
JJG wrote:
Rather see him buying cocaine than molesting young kids as we all know they are known to do!
What about the priests who do both?(Just kiddin' ya)
Zone1

York, PA

#16 Feb 19, 2010
It's a jeep thing!
TheRealSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#17 Feb 19, 2010
Zone1 wrote:
It's a jeep thing!
LOL! I love humor :) Good one.
Tri

Downingtown, PA

#18 Feb 20, 2010
I don't trust priests anymore than I trust the general population.
HepMe

Chandler, AZ

#19 Feb 20, 2010
The catholic church is nothing but a kiddie diddle club led by the biggest kiddie cornholers on the face of the planet.
ImTiredOf_It

Kingston, PA

#20 Feb 28, 2010
Situation like are more a reflection of the church's LAX hiring practices, and the WEAK character of the church leaders...than priests going bad. This man should never have been able to be a priest in the first place! Now how did he get there, and HOW MANY church elders looked the other way as signs and symptoms of immoral conduct came to light.
What, no one had any idea? Yeah, right, tell me another one.
Same goes for priest pedophiles?
The churches problem begin from the top down, not the bottom up.

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