Skip to comments.Elderly Priest Arrested After Pursuit In Stolen Car
Posted on 04/09/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT by Gamecock
An elderly priest was arrested after a pursuit involving the New York State Police. It happened Monday in eastern New York. Police say Father Francis G. McCloskey, 71, of Cairo was in a stolen car and didn't stop when a trooper tried to pull him over.
The car was apparently an Enterprise Rent-A-Car that had never been returned.
Trooper Matthew Colwell was responding to a 911 report of a stolen vehicle. He came up on the car and attempted to stop it. Colwell reported that McCloskey took off but was eventually stopped in the town of Livingston.
The chase took place for about 10 minutes and no one was hurt. McCloskey was also wanted by the New York State Police in Lysander and the Hudson Police Department for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
The priest was wearing his clerical collar in the mug shot released by the state police.
McCloskey faces charges of fleeing an officer in a car, reckless driving and other charges. He was arraigned and sent to the Columbia County jail.
McCloskey does not have a parish but is affiliated with the anti-abortion group Oh Saratoga! He was a priest at the Diocese of Albany, ordained in 1963.
How many Hail Mary’s to cover this one?
Is this equal treatment under the law or are priests allowed to be charged with "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" rather than CAR THEFT which is grand larceny?
Oh, an overdue rental car as opposed to a hot-wired one. Will we ever hear the rest of the story?
Well, I see a headline like this and my first thought is, well, that’s good for a chuckle.
Then I see that Gamecock posted it, and my second thought is, will the Catholic-bashing never cease? Good grief, don’t you have anything better to do?
Sounds like something Christ Matthews would say.
I don’t think you spelt his name right!
Um, it says he was “also wanted” by these other departments for those offenses. It doesn’t say that is what he is being charged with for this offense.
***Well, I see a headline like this and my first thought is, well, thats good for a chuckle.
Then I see that Gamecock posted it, and my second thought is, will the Catholic-bashing never cease?***
Anyone else posts it it’s OK.
I post it and it’s bashing.
Appears we have a double standard going on here.
Could be. My husband had something similar happen to him. He got in the wrong car, and couldn't figure out why the keys didn't work. Another time, he thought someone stole his car, when it was parked in front of him. He did other weird things when he still had his license, so I took his keys and became his chauffer.
lol. Crissy would probably love the allusion.
Do you see a difference there? The article says...
"McCloskey was also wanted by the New York State Police in Lysander and the Hudson Police Department for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle."
Maybe it means he was caught driving a truck without a trucking license. Or he was caught driving with his feet. Or blindfolded.
Regardless, I think we can safely assume this priest was also suspected of some other illegal activity (unless you think "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" is legal.)
Why would say Catholic bashing? The priest is the one brought disrepute upon out religion with his sins. If anything the priest was Catholic bashing by creating bad public relations.
Not the post, but the comment.
Who else would think that a priest with unexplained rental car problems was a reason to attack the Catholic Church?
As I said to Gamecock, nothing wrong with posting it. But it is hardly grounds for yet another attack on the Catholic Church.
Car theft by any other name.....
Will we ever hear a Catholic condemn crime by priests instead of downplay it and excuse it?
I suppose that if Catholic priests quit providing material for people to cover and comment on, Gamecock would have nothing to post.
I’m a life-long Protestant, and I’d still like to hear the rest of the story, which includes details from both the company and the accused. How overdue was it? Did an old man get confused about the due date or did he deliberately steal the car? Why even bring up his anti-abortion work; isn’t being a Catholic priest and pro-life, for the most part, a given? What does that have to do with the car other than smearing pro-lifers? The irony of a priest stealing a car would normally be an interesting enough news bit, but the usual abortion agenda seems to be part of the story, too.
Yeah, a lot of the extraneous information is well, extraneous.
It almost sounded like the other things he was wanted for were unrelated to this particular incident.
I don’t know how many Lysanders there are in NY, but the one I know of is not near where he was caught. The Lysander I know of is in CNY, not the Hudson Valley (Albany) area. That’s about a three hour drive difference.
***...nothing wrong with posting it. But it is hardly grounds for yet another attack on the Catholic Church.***
I started a thread on a Catholic Priest stealing a car and being arrested.
You saw it is as “another attack on the [Roman] Catholic Church.
BTW, when you another FReeper my name it is considered appropriate to include them in the “To” box.
Yes, at least where I live, unauthorized use usually corresponds to driving without a valid license/insurance/registration, something like that.
Typical MSM coverage. The car wasn’t stolen; it was overdue. Both of the other warrants were pertaining to this same car. Although charged with reckless driving, the “chase” was “a low-speed pursuit.” When apprehended, the priest was incoherent, saying something about being late for a meeting.
Sounds like he’s having mental health issues related to age.
I’m somewhat confused by this article, incidentally. Fr. McCloskey is a priest I know in my own area, and like the man described, he ministers to charismatics, and is very active in the pro-life ministries. The photo sort of looks like hm, but if it is him, the transformation is rather shocking. (No, to any other Catholics, I’m not confusing him with the priest at the Catholic Information Center in DC.) This Fr McCloskey is a very decent man, and a very sincere, devoted Christian, not one of the mamby-pamby Religious Left priests. However, I have never known him to be connected to the Albany diocese. I almost can’t help wondering if the paper confused the two. Then again, it mentions he’s not presently attached to a parish; maybe he simply spends a lot of time in my area?
In any event, if it is him, this is very sad news, not a moment to cackle at those Catholics, Gamecock. If you do so, you are on the side of Satan in my book.
They may pretend to be Protestant, which is a joke as Protestants are our Christian brothers, but under this mask, this group of leftists says the following about Christians and Jews (more details on my profile page)
This an entire cover-up of religion to keep their group's true agenda of fomenting discord -- just like the Westboro Baptist Club