The court of public opinion has prevailed once again. Where could Father Michael Kelly have received a fair trial? If you read the paper over the last 10 years-plus, you would think all Catholics are child molesters. The fact is there are teachers, police, firemen, politicians, even Baptists and Protestants who are molesters. Priests are not molesters. A molester became a priest, a teacher, a janitor and a politician.
I have known Father Kelly for several years, but more importantly I have several friends who know him personally. They either attended church where he was or sent their children to school where he was. He made school and church fun for people.
Father Kelly passed two lie detectors, but they were not allowed.
I personally do not believe in this suppressed memory condition. It is another ploy for the litigators to use to sue. Thirty years have passed, and, oh boy, I remember all of a sudden?
Of course they will go after the Diocese of Stockton. Why? Money. It is always about the money. Today starts the money phase of the trial. Of course they are suing the diocese also, it is all about the money.
A good and decent man has had his reputation wrecked; not destroyed because there are plenty of us who support Father Kelly and do not believe he was guilty.