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Dean's List: A trial in Massachusetts touches home

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When my father was dying in the fall of 1994, we sent for a priest because that’s what we were supposed to do. Father Gary Mercure arrived soon afterward and administered the last rites, spoke comfortingly to my father, telling him it was time to “let go.” For his part, Dad gathered enough strength to respond in a strong voice. “I don’t want to,” he said, and I was struck by the strength and resolve ...

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February 7, 2011
12:02 p.m.

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Good column; I look forward to reading a follow up to it as the trial progresses.

Mercure probably did a LOT of good during his years as a priest and it will all be forgotten, motives questioned, and the good overshadowed by what he did (or if not convicted was accused of doing) to young boys.

February 15, 2011
12:20 p.m.

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It was obvious at the trial that the "evil" Mr. Mercure practiced during his "priesthood" far outweigh any "good" he may have done. Those he abused will live with the consequences of Mr. Mercure's actions for the rest of their life. I hope Mr. Mercure does as well.