Catholic archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of the Mobile, Alabama archdiocese admits that he permitted Rev. J. Alexander Sherlock to remain in the pulpit at a church in Montgomery even after he admitted in 1998 to sexual abuse of a teenage boy in the 1970s.
"In retrospect, I would have acted otherwise. ... We do believe in something like repentance and change. We are in the business of changing people from bad to better."
Archbishp Oscar Lipscomb says that the first accusation of sexual abuse came in 1997, but he doesn't disclose what it involved. He then says that Rev. Sherlock received counseling and the therapist reported to him that Sherlock's "profile shows no indication of sexual deviation or other abnormal behavior on Father Sherlock's part." Lipscomb does not, however, reveal the identity of this therapist.
Three years after moving Rev. J. Alexander Sherlock, more sexual abuse reports were made