AUTHOR: Beth TITLE: DATE: 2/24/2004 09:58:00 AM ----- BODY:
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetuam luceat eis.
Patrick McSorley, a victim of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan who became one of the most visible critics of clergy sexual abuse, was discovered dead early yesterday in a North End apartment, his lawyer said yesterday. Boston police would not provide details about McSorley's death, except to say that authorities arrived at the apartment shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday. A close friend said McSorley, 29, occasionally went to the apartment to take drugs owing to a chronic substance-abuse problem that had plagued him for several years. ...the [Church] settlement probably accelerated McSorley's tragic spiral, [friend Alexa] MacPherson said... "The money seems to have been a weapon. . . . It definitely gave him the means to buy drugs."