Advocates Angered after Priest Returns to Parish Work

Associated Press
April 26, 2008

BOSTON (AP) - Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are outraged that a priest accused of drunkenly propositioning a 12-year-old girl has been allowed to return to parish work.

The Rev. Jerome Gillispie was in a Chelsea restaurant three years ago when he allegedly offered to pay the girl and her mother for oral sex.

A court dismissed charges against Gillespie, who has also undergone court-ordered evaluations for alcohol, psychiatric and sexual problems.

The Boston Archdiocese says Gillispie has satisfied all court obligations and been determined fit to return to ministry. He has been assisting area parishes on an interim basis.

David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests tells The Boston Globe Gillispie's return is not worth the risk.

He also criticized the archdiocese for failing to immediately announce Gillespie was back in parishes.


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