February 21, 2006

Friends, family, defend late priest accused of abuse


HAVRE People on the Fort Belknap reservation are coming to the defense of a late Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting a boy while serving in Alaska.

Friends and family members of Father Bernard McMeel say they don't believe the allegations for a minute.

McMeel and another priest are named in a lawsuit by a man who says the two molested him when he was a boy in the late 1960s living in Alaska.

McMeel came to Hays in 1978 after leaving Alaska, and served St. Paul's Mission Church until his death in the early 1990s. The second priest is retired and now lives in Hungary.

Posted by kshaw at February 21, 2006 03:00 PM