April 15, 2005

Did Catholic Priest Kill Two Men?


By Matt C. Abbott
Apr 15, 2005

Recent press reports indicating the late Father Ryan Erickson, 31, was likely involved in a double homicide have not been confirmed or denied by the Hudson, Wis. police chief. The priest committed suicide in December 2004, just days after being questioned by investigators about the shooting deaths of Dan O’Connell and James Ellison, which occurred in February 2002.

Although Erickson had denied any involvement in the murders, “substantial evidence” points to his guilt, according to a March 31, 2005 story in the Ironwood Daily Globe (www.ironwooddailyglobe.com/0331murd.htm). The investigation appears to be coming to a close. ...

Priest-author and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andrew Greeley has been reporting from Rome for the past several days. In his April 14 column, he once again criticizes the Church hierarchy for its handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis. Greeley ends the column with these words: “At least spare us the hypocrisy of voting for a pope who will appeal to young people unless you are willing to elect a pope who will protect young people.”

If that isn’t a case of the pot calling the kettle black, then I don’t know what is. I’m referring, of course, to the fact that Greeley is strangely silent when it comes to the information he claims to have in safekeeping about a clergy pedophile ring known as The Boys’ Club; and its possible connection to the 1984 unsolved murder of Greeley’s 47-year-old acquaintance, Francis Pellegrini.

Posted by kshaw at April 15, 2005 02:30 AM