AZ Republic‘s reprehensible cover-up of a cover-up

A local priest, now retired, has died. In his sleep. In Ireland. Michael O’Grady, a priest since 1958, was designated a monsignor by Pope John Paul II. According to the newspaper report, O’Grady, 85, moved around a lot, with stints at churches throughout the Valley — at least six, from Mesa and Tempe to Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The article is accompanied by a photo of the broadly smiling priest, described as having a “great humor, demeanor and holiness.” Another description included the words, “humble and generous, especially to the poor.” Yet another recalled him as “so human, so humble and truly one of a kind.” At one parish’s yearly St. Patrick Day Party, O’Grady told jokes, sang songs and danced the reel.

One nun described how much O’Grady “cared about people, especially children.”

As Shakespeare‘s character Hamlet, was known to have said, “Therein lies the rub.”

It took student reporter Claire Rafford eight paragraphs to use the word, “however” in the following paragraph:

O’Grady, however, was accused of covering up for a fellow priest during the diocese’s sex-abuse scandal. He was accused by at least one victim and his family of failing to act when told that the Rev. Patrick Colleary, an associate at Holy Spirit. (a Mesa Church), was suspected of molesting the child in the late 1970s. The diocese reached a settlement with the victim in 2005.

Contemptible Rev. Colleary strenuously fought extradition from Ireland where he ran, claiming among other things that thenSheriff Joe Arpaio made the inmates wear pink underwear which the child molester thought demeaning. Colluding with Colleary, Ireland refused to extradite him.

O’Grady, given glowing praise in death, was equally disgraceful. He gave child molester Colleary cover. Interesting that the two of them ended up together in Ireland — which refuses to extradite criminals even when the death penalty is not being considered.

Since 2003 has maintained an extensive database documenting the church’s sexual abuse crisis. Patrick Colleary, along with his photo and news reports is midway down on the ‘Ireland Database.’ You’ll find more facts there than in the feeble newspaper account.

11 Responses to AZ Republic‘s reprehensible cover-up of a cover-up

  1. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    What a shame that the sexual deviate Patrick Colleary was offended by pink underwear. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was clever times 10. If he runs again, I’d vote for him in a heartbeat. His age doesn’t bother me in the least. He’s simply had more time to acquired wisdom.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    Interesting that Ireland refuses to extradite criminals even when the death penalty is off the table, but as of 2018, a reported 66% of voters in Ireland approved Abortion.

    So the death penalty for criminals is not OK in Ireland, but the death penalty for unborn children in Ireland Is OK.


    Maricopa County and the Sheriff’s Dept. and a scumbag who did this to a disabled vet.

    R.I.P. JFK, Jr, wife Carolyn, and her sister Lauren Bessette.
    July 16, 1999
    All along, he was telling us something with the name of his magazine.

    • Hometown Guy says:

      Bishop Thomas O’Brien transferred known child molesting priests from one parish to another, often sending them to impoverished south Phoenix neighborhoods where the parents were not English speakers. They were honored when the priest took interest in their sons. Little did they know the church was a haven for pedophiles.

    • Doc says:

      What the attached post by the American Thinker is Proof Positive that the time of “civility” (the likes of which were espoused by R.I.N.O. mitch “th’ bitch” mcconnel today regarding our President’s tweet storm about the 4 “moderate” female U.S. House members…) need to be revisited. Being respectful isn’t getting civilized Americans anywhere. Civility isn’t spelled “weak”. It’s high time that these atrocities be addressed with a little more…”assertiveness”. These scumbags that stole this disabled VETERAN’S HOME…need to be shown EXACTLY what the word “assertiveness” means.

  3. jake sez says:

    Having been raised a Catholic, I left the church once I became an adult and saw what was going on within the church. I am still a believer but do not belong to any organized church. Its not the faith that I have a problem with, its that any organization made by man can be corrupted by man. Yes there are those who feel that the Catholic Church was made by the followers of Jesus. However, the new testament and the Roman Catholic Church were completed decades after Jesus was crucified. The writing and memories were from man not Jesus.

    • Matt DeGennaro says:

      You’ve expressed my sentiments, exactly!

      Institutionalized corruption within the Church drove me and my family away, first incrementally and then with a bang! The final blow came when Pope Benedict XVI was hustled out and replaced by the unconcealed Communist Francis. Pope Benedict was a righteous man who had uncovered too much and put the hierarchy’s palatial existence at risk.

      In 2003, Phoenix Bishop Thomas O’Brien was arrested at his north Central home following his involvement in a deadly hit and run after police traced a license plate number to his Buick Park Avenue and found the windshield caved in. He had hidden his car. After his arrest, he said he thought he hit a dog, rather than a man. Even if that had been true, wouldn’t a decent person have stopped to help the dog? This so-called “man of the cloth” transferred known pedophile priests to other parishes to re-offend, never turning them in to police. O’Brien was integral to a culture of corruption inside the church.

  4. Patriot Mom says:

    What sane Catholic parent would let their son be an altar boy today?

  5. Annie O. says:

    Apparently, quite a few considering the half dozen or so boys and
    girls that assist at the altar at our parish for each Sunday Mass.
    This diocese is one of the
    leaders now, working closely with law enforcement. Our policy requires the first complaint goes to the police, than the bishop. Hard
    lessons learned. Ask Bill Montgomery, and Andy Thomas before
    him…..both practicing Catholics with young children.
    When you give up on being fed by the good people that remain,
    you lose and the Father of Lies wins. Come back to Mass, the
    Eucharist doesn’t depend on humans for it’s grace. And to struggle through this often sad and tragic world, we all need grace, as much
    as we can get!

    • Clementine says:

      Some who should know better are obviously dulled to reality by blind faith.

      This column following O’Brien’s death has an ideally descriptive headline:
      “Bishop emeritus Thomas O’Brien died at 82. That’s the nicest thing I can say about him.”

    • Patriot Mom says:

      So a couple of high profile lawyers aren’t too worried about subjecting their kids to pedophiles and perverts makes your case? The rest of us don’t strike fear in the soulless abusers. Sorry. You foolishly make a case for risking exploitation.How many sexually abusive priests and bishops are enough for you?