A Decision of Conscience

Father Richard McLaughlin, missionary priest, sociologist and human rights activist in the St Vincent de Paul mission Society of Toronto worked in several mission posts in various countries during the late 1960s and early 1970s His tall height, his upright bearing and his calm self confidence invariably attracted admiration and respect In Toronto, in El Salvador, in TaFather Richard McLaughlin, missionary priest, sociologist and human rights activist in the St Vincent de Paul mission Society of Toronto worked in several mission posts in various countries during the late 1960s and early 1970s His tall height, his upright bearing and his calm self confidence invariably attracted admiration and respect In Toronto, in El Salvador, in Tanzania, then back in Toronto again, not only Richard s fellow priests but also his Superior, the Reverend John Coates, looked up to him as a leader, counsellor and moral guide Invariably then, he was called upon to perform duties that were both difficult and unpleasant He had to persuade Frank Bates, an alcoholic fellow priest to go into a home for alcoholic priests He had to mollify a woman parishioner, Carmella Quinn, whom Bates had pestered with unwanted attentions And then Richard himself fell in love with Carmella, and she with him That interfered with all his other plans and causes and posed a personal problem Catholic priests cannot marry, or become emotionally involved with a woman As he prepared to carry out by far the most difficult of the assignments given to him by his Superior John Coates, Richard came face to face with the problem involving Carmella He made his decision of conscience with heart breaking difficulty, then went on to carry out the last, fatal assignment of his priestly career.
A Decision of Conscience Father Richard McLaughlin missionary priest sociologist and human rights activist in the St Vincent de Paul mission Society of Toronto worked in several mission posts in various countries during the

  • Title: A Decision of Conscience
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