Nevermind: lawyer now says there is no deal for nuns to care for dying priest


A nursing home run by nuns has not been asked or agreed to take care of a dying Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun at a hospital chapel in 1980, his attorney said Tuesday.

The attorney for the Rev. Gerald Robinson wrote in a court filing that his statement last week that the Little Sisters of the Poor were willing to care for the priest was in error.

“The Little Sisters of the Poor were not asked to care for, and have not made any commitment to care for Father Robinson,” attorney Richard Kerger said.

Robinson has been in a prison hospice unit in Columbus since the end of May after suffering a heart attack and wants to die in his hometown of Toledo, Kerger said in a motion filed Friday in federal court.

The motion said that the Little Sisters of the Poor, who run a home for the elderly and dying just outside Toledo, indicated a willingness to care for Robinson during his final days. It also said the priest’s brother and sister-in-law were willing to take him in, Kerger said.

The order, whose mission is to serve the elderly poor, routinely takes care of priests at the end of their lives.

Messages seeking comment from the Little Sisters of the Poor and the priest’s attorney were not immediately returned on Tuesday.