The pulpit is taking a beating in all branches of religion. We got terrorists, sexual deviants, and now drug dealers?
Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, the former pastor of the St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut for nine years before stepping down last summer, was arrested January 3, after he was caught red-handed by police with “meth, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials” in his home, according to the Huffington Post’s report from the San Clemente Times.
His fellow ministers became worried about him when he took a sabbatical prior to stepping down from the pulpit, and no longer connected with them.
“As a result, his faculties for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, and he has not been reassigned,” the Diocese of Bridgeport’s statement read. “To date, he has not spoken directly with diocesan officials, though the Diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead for him.”
His parishioners must be equally disturbed by the shocking arrest and indictment of their pastor. Wallin presided over St. Peter Parish in Danbury from 1996 to 2002 and was an aide to Bishops Walter Curtis and Edward Egan (who later became a Cardinal). The report states that:
“[Wallin] was arrested after a joint task force made up of federal DEA agents and the Connecticut State Police used wire taps, drug buys and surveillance to uncover the alleged drug ring, according to the Post.”
Wallin and four other suspects are all being held without bail and charged with “drug distribution conspiracy,” and other charges.Is the corrupted pulpits affecting our societies behavior? Could be? Read more here.