The tragic death of Brent Dugan
This is a dreadful story. A Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh has taken his own life, and has left a final letter to his congregation explaining why. The Reverend Brent Dugan, 60, was found dead in November. It appears that KDKA, a local television channel, was about to broadcast an "expose" of the pastor's sex life, and Mr Dugan discovered this by watching a trail on television. In desperation, he wrote a letter to his church then committed suicide. The letter was read to his presbyterythis week.
One can only hope that some questions are asked about responsible journalism in Pittsburgh, and about the kind of religious culture that leaves a man like Brent Dugan feeling so isolated.