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Friday, January 18, 2013

Headline of the Day, Week, Month, Year, Decade

Posted by Dan Savage on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

SF Chronicle:

Sources: Cross-dressing meth priest liked sex in rectory

And, oh, it gets better:

The Catholic priest busted for allegedly dealing crystal meth was suspended after church officials discovered he was a cross-dresser who was having sex in the rectory at Bridgeport's St. Augustine Cathedral. Monsignor Kevin Wallin was relieved of his duties in May.... Now dubbed "Msgr. Meth" by some, Wallin seemed to live a life that easily could have been ripped from the script of "Breaking Bad," the popular AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal methamphetamine producer. At one point, Wallin was selling upwards of $9,000 of meth a week, according to his indictment. In his post-priesthood, Wallin, 61, bought an adult specialty and video store in North Haven called Land of Oz that sells sex toys and X-rated DVDs. Investigators believe the shop helped him launder thousands of dollars in weekly profits.

Msgr. Meth was a close personal friend of New York's Cardinal Egan. From Egan's Wiki page:

Cardinal Edward Egan assailed the notion of gay marriage and criticized Hollywood for "desecrating" marriage and destroying "something sacred and holy." Cardinal Egan said the specter of legal same-sex marriage would have a devastating effect on traditional values already eroded by a crude pop culture, the Daily News reported.

Back to the SF Chronicle:

Wallin's arrest sent shock waves through the Bridgeport and Danbury communities where he was known as a charismatic speaker who was involved in many charitable activities, and who enjoyed Broadway musicals and show tunes. He often attended musicals with his mentor, former N.Y. Cardinal Edward Egan and parishioners.

Egan was Msgr. Meth's mentor and Broadway-musical-attending buddy. Egan was also Msgr. Meth's bishop.

So... what did Cardinal Egan know and when did he know it? What did he blow and when did he blow it?

Another detail about Cardinal Egan's moral character after the jump....

Again, from Egan's Wiki page:

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in May 2009 that records detailing sexual abuse allegations by priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport should be released, a case that may provide an embarrassing footnote to the career of recently retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan.... In April 2002, in a letter read out at Mass, Cardinal Egan apologized saying,"If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry." Ten years later, in February 2012, the retired cardinal retracted his apology. In an interview with Connecticut magazine he said, I never should have said that,” and, “I don’t think we did anything wrong.”

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