Funeral set for Ohio priest convicted of murder
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A full funeral Mass is set for Friday for a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in northwest Ohio in 1980.
Organizations that help victims of clergy abuse are upset that the Toledo diocese will observe the usual protocol for priests’ funerals for the Rev. Gerald Robinson, who died July 4 in a prison hospice at age 76.
The diocese says Father Robinson would receive a priest’s funeral because he remained a priest after his conviction, although he was not permitted to take part in public sacramental ministry.
The Blade newspaper reports that a Mass is set for 11 a.m. at St. Hyacinth Church in Toledo.
Father Robinson was serving a life prison sentence for strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at the hospital where they both worked.