Father Pat, Rev. Patrick Moloney, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest, who has been an advocate for the poor and displaced in the East Village and a political gadfly for many years, has many stories to tell.
Accused and arrested in Ireland for gun-running in 1981, he was detained for two months, only to have the state withdraw charges at last moment when they realized they had the wrong guy. They thought they had captured the underground general, known as the Pimpernel, or Il Padre. He was only too happy for them to entertain themselves in their own folly.