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20 men, including a Rockland priest, charged in Bedford rest-stop sex sting

There are 25 comments on the The Journal News story from Oct 30, 2007, titled 20 men, including a Rockland priest, charged in Bedford rest-stop sex sting. In it, The Journal News reports that:

“You can't believe the stuff we see”

A sting aimed a men who cruise a rest area off Interstate 684 for gay sex resulted in charges against 20 men in the past month, including a Catholic priest and a registered sex offender. via The Journal News

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patricia davis

United States

#1 Oct 30, 2007
Glad they got caught, they should all rot in hell, the more busts the better
Charles

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 Oct 30, 2007
It appears that the vatican has not been successful in routing out their sex offenders. Are they really trying? In spite of the many convictions and the vatican's denouncement of the sex offenders, they are still alive and well and up to their old "tricks". This should put all parents on notice to carefully watch your children, you cannot assume that they are safe. It is likely that the parishoners of Rev. Mead, thought him to be "good" and above such acts. If he was trolling at rest stops, temptation may have been great for him also at schools and churches. Remember that AIDS is a frightening disease and homosexual men are not discriminating if trolling rest stops. What if a child, or young teen were infected. Does Rev. Mead use condoms? This situation is not going away fast enough. No, I am not bashing the Catholic Church, I am a concerned Catholic and parent and I must say, that I am daily becoming more and more disappointed with the efforts of the vatican in this regard.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#3 Oct 30, 2007
Charles wrote:
It appears that the vatican has not been successful in routing out their sex offenders. Are they really trying? In spite of the many convictions and the vatican's denouncement of the sex offenders, they are still alive and well and up to their old "tricks". This should put all parents on notice to carefully watch your children, you cannot assume that they are safe. It is likely that the parishoners of Rev. Mead, thought him to be "good" and above such acts. If he was trolling at rest stops, temptation may have been great for him also at schools and churches. Remember that AIDS is a frightening disease and homosexual men are not discriminating if trolling rest stops. What if a child, or young teen were infected. Does Rev. Mead use condoms? This situation is not going away fast enough. No, I am not bashing the Catholic Church, I am a concerned Catholic and parent and I must say, that I am daily becoming more and more disappointed with the efforts of the vatican in this regard.
Make no mistake about it, if it were not for SNAP and attorney's such as Jeff Andersen, the vatican would still be covering up these crimes. But most important, were the brave victims who risked all by coming forward.
There are more like Mead out there, and we will hear about them from time to time.

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#4 Oct 30, 2007
Homosexual priests have got to go. The problem is that the pink seminaries operated for so long that many of them are now bishops and cardinals.
Charles

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 Oct 30, 2007
Joseph Tyson wrote:
Homosexual priests have got to go. The problem is that the pink seminaries operated for so long that many of them are now bishops and cardinals.
You are quite right and that's precisely why the vatican continues to harbor "their own". The vatican can take a stand on the poor parishes, because that is a means of appeasement, and is sorely needed, but the vatican is the last bastion and hope for many who have climbed up the ladder to success, on their knees, so to speak. There are a considerable number of obviously known homosexuals in the vatican today and many more distributed throughtout the world in lesser lavish digs. I am not giving away secrets here, this is rather commonly known. Have you ever been to the vatican?

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#6 Oct 31, 2007
The headline could also have read-
20 Men, Including 3 Teachers, Charged in Bedford Rest Stop Sting

or
20 Homosexuals Charged in Bedford Rest Stop Sting

But, of course, they went with the Priest.
Believer

Fair Lawn, NJ

#7 Nov 1, 2007
patricia davis wrote:
Glad they got caught, they should all rot in hell, the more busts the better
What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty. I am a parishoner at Fr. Mead's Church this is a heartbreaking ordeal. I was not at that rest stop and you probably were not either. "Thou without sin cast the first stone".

Just pray to God and lest not judge
Leroy

Leavenworth, KS

#8 Nov 1, 2007
Guilty!
Chuck

Pompano Beach, FL

#9 Nov 1, 2007
Believer wrote:
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What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty. I am a parishoner at Fr. Mead's Church this is a heartbreaking ordeal. I was not at that rest stop and you probably were not either. "Thou without sin cast the first stone".
Just pray to God and lest not judge
Hey, did you actually read the article, do you think the reporter was making it up? Chances are if this occured, this is not his initiation. He's done it before, only God and the other party may know when. A priest doesn't just wake up one morning and suddenly get an urge to splurge. Some of us need a reality check!
Judge Not

Lake Hiawatha, NJ

#10 Nov 1, 2007
I am a member of the impacted parish and personally know this man. I find your comments hateful and truly hurtful. Innocent until proven guilty. Also reread the story. It does not say anything about children. I will continue to pray for Father and all of the people who are so quick to judge. There is enough pain without adding this other crap.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#11 Nov 1, 2007
Judge Not wrote:
I am a member of the impacted parish and personally know this man. I find your comments hateful and truly hurtful. Innocent until proven guilty. Also reread the story. It does not say anything about children. I will continue to pray for Father and all of the people who are so quick to judge. There is enough pain without adding this other crap.
Yes, continue to pray for this guilty priest, so that his laicization if done in a swift manner.
Chuck

Pompano Beach, FL

#12 Nov 2, 2007
Entertnr wrote:
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Yes, continue to pray for this guilty priest, so that his laicization if done in a swift manner.
You just have to see some humor in this, a tune keeps seepin'in my brain when I see this article, trollin', trollin', trollin' down the river, du du du du dut. Sorry Tina, couldn't help myself and I really like the tune too, but I'll remember this article whenever I hear it now. Brains are a wonderful thing, wish I had more of them.
Monettan in Exile

San Jose, CA

#13 Nov 2, 2007
Somewhere over 85% of the Church's "child abuse" cases were instances of homosexual predator priests seducing pre-teen boys. Homosexuals weren't even allowed into Catholic Seminaries until Liberals seized control of the Church in the late 1960's. In the old days young men were promptly booted out of the Seminary if they were suspected of being homosexual. All this changed after Vatican II. In the 1970's and '80's, when it became evident that homosexual predator priests were on the prowl, the Liberal Bishops didn't want to get rid of them. So the Bishops sent pedophile priests for treatment to therapists who accepted pedophilia as an “orientation.” This is well documented by Dr. Judith Reisman. Google her.

In restrospect the Boy Scouts showed much more wisdom that the Catholic Bishops in preventing the desecration of their organization by homosexuals.
yolanda

Nyack, NY

#14 Nov 13, 2007
ew i think i just threw up. what a idiot. not only was the priest having gay sex HE WAS A PRIEST SO THAT MAKES EVERYTHING WRONG.
Kathy

Richmond, VA

#15 Nov 14, 2007
Judge Not wrote:
I am a member of the impacted parish and personally know this man. I find your comments hateful and truly hurtful. Innocent until proven guilty. Also reread the story. It does not say anything about children. I will continue to pray for Father and all of the people who are so quick to judge. There is enough pain without adding this other crap.
I am also a member of this parish and I agree with you. Also people should not judge someone they don't know. This is a man who has done alot for people. And one thing noone is thinking about are all the hurtful and judgemental things people are saying- how do you think the kids of this parish who are confused and hurt by this feels hearing this. The kids ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade had to deal with many different news channels cameras in their faces the day after this came out. These news people should be ashamed of what they did and how they sent kids home crying and scared. Good job!!!
Hector

Leavenworth, KS

#16 Nov 14, 2007
Kathy wrote:
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I am also a member of this parish and I agree with you. Also people should not judge someone they don't know. This is a man who has done alot for people. And one thing noone is thinking about are all the hurtful and judgemental things people are saying- how do you think the kids of this parish who are confused and hurt by this feels hearing this. The kids ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade had to deal with many different news channels cameras in their faces the day after this came out. These news people should be ashamed of what they did and how they sent kids home crying and scared. Good job!!!
You and other parishioners obviously believe that you know this priest very well, but fact is, the police know him even better.
Chuck

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Nov 14, 2007
Hector wrote:
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You and other parishioners obviously believe that you know this priest very well, but fact is, the police know him even better.
Hi Hector,
I've got to hand it to you, you are a master of the one-liners. Wish I could learn to curb my mouth and still get my point across. You must think in sound bites, are you in advertising by chance?
Kathy

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Nov 14, 2007
Hector wrote:
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You and other parishioners obviously believe that you know this priest very well, but fact is, the police know him even better.
You can make your little comments but only ignorant people talk about what they do not know. Its easy to judge people from a far and I guess since you are juding you must be perfect. As for my post if you read it, it spoke alot about the children and how they are being affected by ignorant people like yourself.
Hector

Leavenworth, KS

#19 Nov 14, 2007
Chuck wrote:
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Hi Hector,
I've got to hand it to you, you are a master of the one-liners. Wish I could learn to curb my mouth and still get my point across. You must think in sound bites, are you in advertising by chance?
Chuck,
You do far better than I do, as you attempt to explain in detail what the situation is within the Church. God gave most of us a brain, sorry Kathy, with which to work in any way we can, to help restore the respect and honor of our Church. These old well fed idle men have nearly ruined the one true Church, but we're still deluged with apologists. I find nothing wrong with the dogma, just the dogs running the show.
I'm a contractor by necessity and musician by avocation.
Kathy

Richmond, VA

#20 Nov 15, 2007
Hector wrote:
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Chuck,
You do far better than I do, as you attempt to explain in detail what the situation is within the Church. God gave most of us a brain, sorry Kathy, with which to work in any way we can, to help restore the respect and honor of our Church. These old well fed idle men have nearly ruined the one true Church, but we're still deluged with apologists. I find nothing wrong with the dogma, just the dogs running the show.
I'm a contractor by necessity and musician by avocation.
I understand what you are saying Chuck- all I was saying is think about the children of this school and how they feel when they see all this. They are not able to comphrehend at 6 what we can. Right or wrong that was not my debate it was that the children are suffering as well and the media does not make it easy for them when they put the cameras in their face.

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