Angelus Shaughnessy, executive director of the Pittsburgh-based Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers. He said, ‘If you can't say it in 10 minutes, you don't need to be bothered with it,'” she said.Shaughnessy said he had never met Sweeney before that December Mass at Holy Family but “he was very gracious to me and kind.” Sleith said she went to Sweeney for confession and found him to be “very lenient, very fair.” As a preacher, he was succinct. Michalene Lovato, religious education director at Holy Family, worked closely with Sweeney over eight years.The lawsuit accuses O'Brien, now 81, of sexual abuse from 1977 through 1982.O’Brien, who stepped aside as an active bishop in June 2003 after he was found guilty of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, denies the accusation. The 51-year-old former pastor in Breaux Bridge, La., while not accused of sexual contact with children, was charged in July 2016 with 500 counts of possession of child pornography after investigators say they found hundreds of images on his personal computer.They described him as an attentive pastor who served the congregation faithfully for eight years, until his removal in September.They remember him as a man who enjoyed photography, tinkering with mechanical things in his basement workshop and eating at Gary's Chuck Wagon in downtown West Newton.
In the O'Brien case, an Arizona man sued, claiming repressed memories resurfaced two years ago, according to court documents.
Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara is a former high school classmate of the Gang. He has steadily spiraled down over the years thanks to the actions of the Gang: leaving the priesthood, becoming homeless, various drug addictions (namely cocaine, crack and PCP), having his legs broken, having his throat slashed, being left blind in one eye, covered in scars from a dog, and having the left side of his face covered in burns.
He has been in love with Dee Reynolds his entire life and is often lured into schemes and traps by the Gang under the deception of getting a date with her.
Cricket wore humiliating giant leg braces while he was in high school with the Gang, hence his nickname.
He had an enormous crush on Dee from their time in physical therapy together; she promised to kiss him if he ate a horse turd.