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Ohio priest convicted of murder has church funeral

July 11, 2014
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A couple hundred mourners including a few nuns filled a church in Ohio for the funeral of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in 1980.

A full funeral mass was held Friday in Toledo for the Rev. Gerald Robinson. He died July 4 in a prison hospice at age 76.

The Blade newspaper reports that among the 200 people attending the service were priests, deacons and nuns from across the Toledo diocese.

Organizations that help victims of clergy abuse are upset that the diocese observed the usual protocol for priests' funerals.

Robinson was serving a life prison sentence for strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at the hospital where they worked.

He was barred from ministry but remained a priest because he was still appealing his conviction.

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