Admitted Child Molesting Priest Dies, SNAP Responds
August 21, 2014
A North Carolina priest, who has been accused of child sexual abuse and admitted it, has died. Our condolences to the priestís family, but we hope Catholic officials do not bury him with priestly honors.
Fr. Michael Joseph Kelleher was first accused of abusing a boy in the late 1970s in 2010; a second victim later came forward. Fr. Kelleherís last assignment before being removed was chaplain at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem. We hope anyone who may have been suffering in silence and self-blame will now find the courage to speak up.
We hope his victim finds peace from his death. We are glad that he can no longer hurt any more children and we hope Catholic officials do not callously rub salt into the wounds of victims by giving Fr. Kelleher a large and pomp-filled funeral.