In yesterday’s Boston Globe, we read of the case of Fr. Fay, yet another in a long line of priests who were accused of abusing young people and yet were pat on the head and sent on their way. As you read the memos and documents that come from the archdiocecan files, you can’t help but shake your head at the obvious ... stupidity.
- For instance, a 1979 memo shows that Auxiliary Bishop John J. Mulcahy, then the regional bishop with oversight of Fay, knew of ‘‘rumors of all sorts’’ about Fay, but that he also said there was ‘‘no concrete evidence that can be cited.’’ And the April 1981 memo said that ‘‘Bob says many allegations leveled at him were unfounded.’‘
If “many” allegations were unfounded, did the others have some foundation? Evidently they did. As a friend put it, “Only the half the lies told about me are true.”