Father Biondi’s in Store for Protesters

By Jerry Berger
Berger's Beat
May 14, 2010

The end of the school year can’t come quickly enough for St. Louis University’s Father Lawrence Biondi. Last week, one of his predecessors, the Rev. Daniel C. O’ Connell, was publicly named as having allegedly sexually violating a 20 year-old female student. Earlier this week, at a sidewalk news conference, SNAP “outed” two other former SLU staffers. who have been accused elsewhere of molesting numerous kids – Fathers Franklyn Becker and Edward Beutner, both of Wisconsin. And, now, students with several of the school’s activist organizations are planning a “counter commencement” event on Saturday, after graduation, in protest of the university administration’s decision to give an honorary degree to Pope Benedict’s U.S. representative, Archbishop Pietro Sambi. Sambi was blasted in a Huffington Post piece last week for allegedly insulting a clergy sex abuse protester outside the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C.


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