BOSTON (CBS) – A Catholic chaplain at MIT has resigned over comments he made about the death of George Floyd.

In a June 7 email to the Catholic community on campus, the Rev. Daniel Moloney, wrote in part, “George Floyd was killed by a police officer, and shouldn’t have been. He had not lived a virtuous life. He was convicted of several crimes, including armed robbery, which he seems to have committed to feed his drug habit. And he was high on drugs at the time of his arrest. But we do not kill such people.”

Father Maloney also wrote, “In the wake of George Floyd’s death, most people in the country have framed this as an act of racism. I don’t think we know that. Many people have claimed that racism is major problem in police forces. I don’t think we know that.”

The Archdiocese of Boston asked Rev. Moloney to resign as Catholic Chaplain at MIT and he agreed.

“The personal opinions echoed in his comments regarding the murder of George Floyd do not reflect the positions of the Archdiocese,” spokesperson Terrence Donilon told WBZ-TV in a statement Wednesday.

“While Fr. Moloney’s comments should not reflect on the entirety of his priestly ministry, they nonetheless were wrong and by his resignation he accepts the hurt they have caused. “

Comments (9)
  1. GMan says:

    Drug addict alcoholic thug passing counterfeit money in minority owned store fights cop and becomes national hero.Go figure.

    1. hernan says:

      you people seem to not understand how the 1st amendment works.

      you are protected to say what you want, and Mr Moloney did. He expressed his opinion as he wished. Can you explain where is his 1st amendment cut short?

  2. RichD says:

    Father Maloney did not realize that the Court of Public Scrutiny is in full session which supersedes the First Amendment. Therefore, keep your mouth shut until you have a clear understanding of the issues (and consequences) from all angles. Only then can you express your opinion which should perfectly align with several social movements. If not, your fired.

  3. Gene says:

    Sounds like the USSR – only one opinion allowed. Freedom of speech goes into the trash can.

  4. mark bettencourt says:


  5. Colm says:

    I think Father Maloney told it exactly as it was, shame on the arch diocese of Boston, you just lost my weekly donation!

    1. Gregorio says:

      So, we can no longer not know what we don’t know because we know it all? If anyone pretends to know something in conflict with the mob or state, then off with their head!

  6. Rob Larsen says:

    The Archdiocese fears man over God – the Left detests Truth.

  7. Tony O'Conner says:

    I read Father Maloney’s comments in their entirety, and it seemed to me that they were honest and should serve as the start of a discussion rather than the end of one. The Left is constantly saying that we need to have this “national conversation” and it’s really important that we deal with “uncomfortable truths”.

    The truth is they want a national monologue and facing truths is something they want you to do, but have no intention of doing themselves.

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