Ousted priest O’Keefe should get no benefits: #lohudreacts

The Journal News

Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, svenugop@lohud.com September 29, 2016

The archdiocese continues to be responsible for providing O’Keefe with a place to live

Lohud and Facebook readers had a lot to say about a former Rockland priest who was permanently removed from ministry by the Archdiocese of New York following allegations that he sexually abused a minor.

Monsignor John O’Keefe, who once led Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, had been suspended last year from St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River based on alleged abuse that occurred more than three decades ago.

Some readers were upset that no criminal charges had been brought against O’Keefe because the incidents were past the statute of limitations.

“There should be no statute of limitations on these creeps, and rather than the church continuing to provide housing, they should be incarcerated,” wrote Anthony Tascione. “Let’s not cover up these horrific deeds no matter how old they are.”

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