Clerical Sexuality

A former priest looks back in sorrow

As a former Catholic priest and a currently practicing Catholic, I find myself answering questions from people of all religions about the daily seamy headlines. They want my take on the situation. They want to know if I have seen, firsthand, evidence of rampant decadence in the once-revered Catholic priesthood.

My answers come from my heart as well as from my head. I am devastated by the lives ruined by priestly predators. My...

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Richard Nugent Hasselbach is executive assistant and counsel to the president at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.