Priest arrested for soliciting park ranger

A priest in residence filled in for a Catholic pastor who was arrested in Cleveland for allegedly soliciting sex in a park.
Associated Press
Oct 14, 2013

 

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported there were no direct references during Sunday morning Mass at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church regarding the arrest of the Rev. James McGonegal. Parish members declined to comment.

McGonegal was arrested Friday after allegedly soliciting a park ranger who was in plainclothes at Edgewater Park. Police reports said McGonegal told authorities he has tested positive for HIV.

Cleveland Catholic Diocese records show the 68-year-old McGonegal has been a priest since 1971. A phone message was left for him.

The Diocese said in a statement it has a policy of cooperating with civil authorities in such matters.

Comments

xtensionofme

Every time I read still another one of these stories, it reaffirms my long-ago decision to become & remain ATHIEST.

shucks

Don't let idiots like him ruin your relationship with God.

ladydye_5

Who's god? Yours?

shucks

Your God and mine.

ladydye_5

NOT my god...I serve NOONE. Never said I had a god. You no nothing of me or my religion. Guess you missed the next comment that says I stay OUT of organized religion.

shucks

Don't care what you say - you have a Creator/God whether you like it or not , you walking mass of atoms.

ladydye_5

My creatorS were my mother and my father....egg and sperm. Biology. Plain and simple. No god involved. Don't care what YOU say.

shucks

It's your funeral.

heresy22

Please explain, since you believe you won't have a funeral. I'm confused.

shucks

"It's your funeral" is a saying.

ladydye_5

I'm with you xtension. No organized religion for me. Nope!

IT'S ME

It's actually kind of sad there are people who think a story made up 2000 years ago is true. They pray everyday...... yet innocent children are raped, mollested, kidnaped, and murdered. And even by their so called religious leaders , it's so sad! Religion profit$ from the weak minded.

From the Grave

Kind of sounds like our government's foreign policy.

pigeon farmer

Heaven must be filled with perverts, child molesters & murderers. Religion is the greatest scam ever. They even get tax breaks while bilking millions of dollars from people. Catholics love to look the other way to protect their own. How does the host taste when you think about the places the priest's hands have been?

pigeon farmer

Heaven must be filled with perverts, child molesters & murderers. Religion is the greatest scam ever. They even get tax breaks while bilking millions of dollars from people. Catholics love to look the other way to protect their own. How does the host taste when you think about the places the priest's hands have been?

queenjhb

WOW, hope they don't move him around, 68? .Was he intending to tell his possible sexual partner about this? So very many things wrong here. He could have been soliciting sex for a long time, maybe even parishioners .

pigeon farmer

I'm surprised he was a conservative politician. Larry Craig style. Tap tap tap.

pigeon farmer

I'm surprised he was a conservative politician. Larry Craig style. Tap tap tap.

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thinkagain

A homosexual seeking anonymous sex in park – keep moving…nothing new here. They're oppressed don't ya know?

Just a typical liberal “christian”, practicing the main tenet of the leftist’s religion…at the local parks and public restrooms.

shucks

He's just a typical Republican trying to screw someone.

Darwin's choice

Actually, he is hiv positive, so definately a Obama loving democrat. Probably followed Obama into some of those Chicago bathhouses....

shucks

Your mother is hiv positive.

2sense

its your life make it good or bad and to all god bless

cam

Yep thinkagain its all the liberals fault. Everything wrong in the world is the fault of the liberals. Everything right in the world is the right wings doing. Heck the right wing does nothing wrong.

Eph 2 8-10

Don't blame God for what man does.

shucks

correct !

heresy22

I would never blame something that doesn't exist for the actions of a real tangible being...

KURTje

God Country Corps

Ned Mandingo

Is anyone surprised?

grandmasgirl

Most of you forget that all religious are only men or women. They have faults and sins just like the rest of us. Is it right what this priest did? Absolutely not! However, man sins all the time. Why is it ok for one man to sin and not another. We see teachers doing this kind of thing all the time, and yet a minister is looked at as being the lowest of the low. If you don't want to attend church, if you don't want to believe that is your choice. However, I believe there are lot's of good honest priests and ministers out there who do care.

queenjhb

Priests are supposed to be honest, truthful ,and shining forth with the love of God, dedication to God. Sinners , yes , but the level of corruption is mind blowing....