Bishop Stephen Blaire asked all parish priests in the Stockton Diocese to read a statement regarding defrocked pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady in their weekend services, or make it available in printed form.
The memo came in reaction to a Bee story Friday about Blaire's decision to provide O'Grady an annuity worth $94,560 in exchange for O'Grady voluntarily leaving the priesthood before he was released from prison in 2000.
The annuity, in the amount of $778 a month, began Saturday -- O'Grady's 65th birthday. It will be paid for 10 years directly from the insurance company to O'Grady, who at last report was living in a hostel in Dublin, Ireland.
The story was picked up by media outlets across the United States and Ireland, in print and online.
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The memo reiterates what Blaire told The Bee last week about what he called a "distasteful" deal. Blaire typically asks priests to share messages in this way only a handful of times a year, said diocese spokeswoman Sister Terry Davis.
To read Blaire's memo, click on the link with this story at www.modbee.com.