Sad news to report this week. This has already been reported extensively in the mainstream media while BCI was out of town. Msgr. Arthur Coyle was arrested for paying a prostitute. See here for one of several articles on this unfortunate situation.
A high-ranking priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is facing a prostitution charge.
MyFoxBoston.com reported that the Rev. Arthur Coyle, 62, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of sexual conduct for a fee in Lowell, Mass. and was released on $500 bail. Police say that Coyle was arrested Sunday afternoon after being found with a prostitute behind a Lowell cemetery.
The prostitute told police that Coyle had given her $40 to perform a sex act and showed the two $20 bills to police as proof. She said it was the second time that Coyle had paid her in return for sex acts. Police said that Coyle had been observed circling known prostitution locations in Lowell for close to a year before his arrest.
Coyle holds the title of Episcopal Vicar for the Merrimack Region, which means that he oversees several Catholic parishes in the Lowell area.
The Archdiocese of Boston released a statement Monday saying that Coyle had taken a voluntary administrative leave following his arrest and was forbidden from performing any public ministry.
All BCI can offer is to ask readers to pray for all involved, and the especially pray for our priests. The St. Michael prayer feels appropriate in this situation. And, in fact, we think parishioners should be asked to say the prayer at the end of every Sunday Mass on an ongoing basis, to help all combat evil.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.