LYNN, Mass. (WPRI) — A West Warwick priest was critically injured in a violent crash in Lynn Tuesday afternoon, according to the Catholic Diocese of Providence.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, the Diocese said Father Richard Bucci of Sacred Heart Church was behind the wheel of the car that crashed on the Lynnway.
“The Diocese requests prayers for Father Bucci, and his family, friends and parishioners during this difficult time,” the statement reads.
Sources tell Eyewitness News Bucci is now in a medically-induced coma at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. His condition is described as “day by day.”
Last month, Bucci made national headlines after publicly declaring he would deny Holy Communion to all lawmakers who supported a pro-choice bill that made its way through the legislature last year.
Then, while defending his stance, Bucci used an inflammatory analogy saying pedophilia isn’t as bad as abortion because no one dies from sexual abuse. In response to the backlash, Bucci clarified his comment to Eyewitness News, saying, “I should have phrased it: every child who is aborted dies, whereas a person who is abused can be vindicated.”