Bishop arrested for drunken driving

Priests are people, too.

I just read this breaking news that Bishop Robert J. McManus, head of the Diocese of Worcester, was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend after police stopped him in Narragansett, R.I., police said.

McManus was arrested at 10:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a chemical test, Narragansett Police Captain Sean Coorigan said. McManus is to be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Wakefield, R.I.

In a meeting the other day, people were sharing about how many times they drove drunk and didn’t get stopped. Hundreds of times. When you think about it, this is very scary. When we are driving our families around at night, we may very well cross paths with drunk drivers. I did it. It’s horrible.

So, now a Bishop has been arrested for drunk driving. He should know better right? We ALL should know better.

Just don’t do it.

6 thoughts on “Bishop arrested for drunken driving

  1. It took me a moment to realise you were talking about Worcester in the USA and not here in the UK. There are too many place-name cross-overs!

    It’s a simple formula, but so many people seem to think that it doesn’t apply to them, sadly.

    • I know. I thought about that too. For people like me it’s a family matter but for public figures it becomes a much bigger thing. I remember reading about Rick Warren’s son’s suicide a couple of weeks ago and he wrote about how grieving is hard, grieving in public is very hard, grieving in public with all the hate is extremely hard. Let’s pray when public figures make mistakes that somebody else is helped by it somehow. 😦

  2. yup – priests are people too. I know of a few in the fellowship here. Wonderful men. But they got ill too. Alcoholism is an equal opportunist. As far as the drinking and driving. I have done it too. I got arrested my last time. My final trial is next week. I would be lying if I said it was the only time driving under the influence. I am almost too embarrassed to mention how many times I consumed alcohol and drove in 25 years of drinking. Three digit number would be an accurate guess. Shows you where the illness takes us – poor judgement, absolute selfishness and entitlement and just stupidity. I know there is a God because He saved not only me but everyone around me when I did that. At least that is how i see it. It’s by His Grace that i am able to be here. And that is why I take my recovery so seriously. God bless the bishop and everyone else who is still struggling.


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