"The emotions were raw. They were real," prosecutor Lynn Rooney said in closing arguments.
Shanley is one of the few priests prosecutors have been able to charge. Most of the priests accused of wrongdong avoided prosecution because the statute of limitations on their alleged crimes ran out long ago. But the clock stopped when Shanley moved out of Massachusetts.
Note from Queer Thoughts: Most Catholics will be horrified by this account, yet it is their church leadership that allows this continue. Leadership of the regressive and conservative JP2 that fails to act and hides behind old codes that repress women, minorities and gays and lesbians.