November 26, 2005

Disgraced priest dies

Montgomery Advertiser

By Alvin Benn
Montgomery Advertiser

Alex Sherlock, forced to resign as an active Catholic priest in the wake of sexual abuse claims against him, was a Biblical scholar and a superb fundraiser, said those who remember him fondly.

Sherlock's body was found at his house in Mobile on Wednesday. Authorities said his death was from natural causes. He was 65.

While friends and relatives attended a funeral for him in Mobile on Friday, a former member of his Montgomery congregation and a fellow priest who attended the same seminary described Sherlock in positive terms.

"In the time I knew him, he was a great guy and a great minister," said Carl Barranco of St. Peter's Catholic Church. "It was most unfortunate to have heard about his past."

Posted by kshaw at November 26, 2005 12:31 PM