Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Father Michael found dead.
I have to report some sad news which has been confirmed to me by reporters at the Kent and Sussex Courier. Father Michael, who has been the subject of some rather serious allegations and had to be reliquished of his position at Corpus Christi, has died. Early indications are that he was discovered dead by his elderly mother yesterday morning. There are rumours of a possible drugs overdose. I'm sure that Tonbridge and in particular the Catholic community of the town will be in shock over this. We may never know whether or not the allegations leading to his arrest late last year would have ever been substantiated but it's probably best for everyone to draw a line under the whole episode and move on. When I posted the original item simply expressing that it had appeared on that week's Courier front page I had absolutely no idea of what was to come. Well over 300 comments and still coming in. If Tonbridge Blog gets 20 comments then usually that's on the high side so 300 is a phenomenal number. I've read most, if not all, of them and have been quite shocked, disturbed and at times even a bit scared by the depth of feeling it had clearly caused. Early comments suggested that I should take the post down and not help to spread gossip but I chose not to and, after a while, it was clear that to do so would have left others with no means of replying. Whether that was wise or not I'm not quite sure; but one thing's for sure this blog does seem to have served as the unofficial forum for people's views. If nothing else it has served to let people get their thoughts off their chests, to vent their spleens. Yes most of that has been anonymously but sometimes that's when you find people speaking the truth. I'm sure that the community will all pull together and help each other through this difficult period. It's an easy thing to say but time does heal everything eventually. I have never expressed a personal opinion on the subject and neither will I now