October 05, 2005

Plan to change hiring at church is exemplary

St. Petersburg Times

A Times Editorial
Published October 5, 2005

The pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin has apologized to his parishioners for hiring a man with a questionable past to work for the church.

It was important for Father Tom Madden to say he was sorry, and he seems filled with sincere regret about hiring William Forte early last year.

But even better than the apology is that Madden has promised to change the church's hiring procedures, an important step toward avoiding poor judgment in future hiring decisions.

Our Lady of Lourdes is enduring a public police investigation and a lot of pain among its congregants - problems that could have been avoided if the church never had hired Forte.

Posted by kshaw at October 5, 2005 09:25 AM