Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rev. Francis Markey Jailed

81-year-old Catholic priest Francis Markey remains in jail pending extradition proceedings in the United States. Ireland wants the priest so that he can stand trial for the rape of a boy in 1968.

The Irish charges against Markey allege he raped a 15-year-old boy during a religious pilgrimage in County Donegal and again after his father's funeral in County Galway.

The magistrate set a Nov. 16 hearing to give Markey time to hire a lawyer.

Markey has had a stoke and is in poor health. It looks like justice might be too late in this case. It’s too bad really. Markey fled to the United States to escape supervision. He has molested children before.