Religion: Painful Secrets

Priests accused of pederasty

Father Gilbert Gauthe, a Roman Catholic priest, delivered spellbinding funeral sermons, won local respect by rescuing a man who was trapped under an overturned tractor, and impressed many older women with his charm in Louisiana's Vermilion Parish. But most of all, he was a Pied Piper for the children. He would take them on wilderness trips, play games and invite favored boys to spend the weekend in the rectory.

Now Gauthe finds himself at the center of a scandal that has shaken his community and may lead to his imprisonment. This fall he is expected to face trial on 34 criminal...

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