Speaking to reporters in Norristown, Ferman acknowledged that she enlisted county coroner Walter I. Hofman because the cardinal died one day after a Philadelphia judge said he could be called to testify next month at the child sex abuse and endangerment trial of three current and former priests.
"The situation struck me as peculiar and odd," she said.
But Ferman tried to tamp down any speculation that Bevilacqua may have died of foul play. She said she had no information to suggest that.
"This death is not the subject of a criminal inquiry," Ferman said. "It is simply being examined by the coroner to determine what the cause of death is."
Her comments came a day after Hofman said prosecutors asked him to examine the body "to make sure there were no intervening events that could have speeded up" the cardinal's death.
He does have a hard-on for Catholics these days, ya know. Maybe he decided that it was time for a little retroactive birth control.......