It became clear the saga will continue when the news broke that Fr. Kelly's accuser was filing a lawsuit for the pain and suffering caused by the alleged abuse, a suit that not only again accused Kelly but also blamed the San Joaquin Diocese for reinstating him.
This brought to mind an e-mail I received from a reader after that column:
"I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes people aren't whom they appear to be."
Pretty much everybody who's known a priest convicted of abuse has said they were fooled. But I will repeat here what I told this reader.
"... lacking other evidence, we must all trust to our own judgment. Mine is out for all to read, and it speaks to a man whom I trust. That is my position until I am proven otherwise, which I sincerely hope I never will be."
Personal feeling aside, an issue that two weeks ago seemed laid to rest has suddenly become much more messy. And it will probably only get worse.