The Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel, a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, is seen concelebrating a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York Aug. 4. Groeschel died on Oct. 3 after a long illness. He was 81. Religion News Service photo by Gregory A. Shemitz
NEW YORK (RNS) Groeschel was an outspoken opponent of abortion and was quick to defend the church against what he saw as unfair criticism. But his critique of media coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandals also landed him in hot water.