Donald Cozzens, Priest Who Pressed Church From Within, Dies at 82

Source: New York Times

By Katharine Q. Seelye; Dec. 16, 2021

The Rev. Donald Cozzens, a Roman Catholic priest who challenged the church on its culture of secrecy and its denial that it protected priests who molested children, died on Dec. 9 in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He was 82.

His sister, Maryellen Dombek, said the cause was complications of pneumonia brought on by Covid-19. He had been vaccinated, she said, and was healthy, still playing racquetball and riding his bike, when he succumbed to the virus in a hospital in a matter of days.Those We’ve LostRead about other people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic here.

Father Cozzens, a diocesan priest, seminary rector and counselor to priests and seminarians, was best-known both in and outside the church for his candid writing.

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