Not only is it wrong to see people not living up to what they believe, but it is also much more disturbing to see spiritual leaders do the exact opposite of what they preach.
This disturbed state was the state of many when 150 boys exposed John Geoghan, a Boston priest, of s*xual abuse during his time as a priest in the Catholic Church.
While some of these boys had accused the priest of the abominable act in time past, many claimed that the higher-ups in the Church turned a deaf eye to the accusations. Rather than rid him of his responsibilities, the Church sent him from a parish to another.
All through his 30 years in six different Catholic parishes, John Geoghan committed a crime that scarred many for life without the church interfering. However, nemesis soon caught up with him when his prosecution on molestation charges began in 1991.
In 1998, he was defrocked from the clergy, and by 2002, he was sentenced to prison for the molestation of a 10-year-old-boy in the swimming pool.
Concerning the incident, the Spotlight Team of the Boston Globe published a report on John Geoghan in February 2002. The story became a catalyst for the scandal that shook the foundations of the Catholic Church.
The accusations against the priest revealed that he often targeted vulnerable boys, especially those from broken homes. He hid under the fun outings and visits to carry out his act.
One of the victims accused stated that Geoghan molested him when they went out to get an ice cream cone. A significant number reported that he mostly molested them while whisper prayers or while tucking them in at bedtime.
While the court had sentenced the priest to a correctional facility to correct his mindset and give him enough time to reflect on his wrong deeds, some people like Joseph Druce thought otherwise.
Joseph Druce was a convicted murderer sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 for killing a man who had allegedly made a s*xual pass at him.
Joseph Druce was placed in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Centre in Shirley for his crimes. Unfortunately, the priest was sent to the same correctional facility as Joseph Druce, and that was where he met his end.