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Roughly two-thirds of top U.S. Catholic leadershave allowed priests accused of sexual abuse to keep working, asystematic practice that spans decades and continues today, athree-month Dallas Morning News review shows. The study - thefirst of its kind - looked at the records of the top leaders of thenation�s 178 mainstream Roman Catholic dioceses, including actingadministrators in cases where the top job is vacant.

Excluded from the study were auxiliary bishops who, in larger dioceses,serve in subordinate roles but still can vote on many matters beforethe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the 17 bishops who leadeparchies, which are diocese-like entities that worship according tothe Eastern rite.

In checking whether a bishop had protected priests or other church representatives accused of sexual abuse, reporters Brooks Egerton and Reese Dunklinrelied on published reports, court records, interviews and churchrecords obtained in civil litigation. Most protected priests wereaccused of sexually abusing minors - primarily adolescent boys, butalso younger ones, and a sizable number of girls of various ages. Thenewspaper�s study also covered behavior that indicated a sexualattraction to minors, such as viewing child pornography or, in onecase, trading sexually charged e-mails with someone a priest believedwas a minor.

Diocese locationBishop's nameAllegation
TheDiocese of Providence, R.I., where he was auxiliary bishop from 1974 to1992, has paid more than $1 million to settle lawsuits that accused himand other leaders of covering up abuse by several priests. BishopAngell testified in a 1990 lawsuit that he did not take seriouslyallegations - made by both parishioners and assistant priests - thatthe Rev. William O'Connell was molesting boys. The priest wasconvicted, served a short sentence, moved to New Jersey, committed morecrimes and died in prison. In another Rhode Island case, Bishop Angellin 1989 promised to "take care of it" when the Rev. Normand Demers wasaccused of misconduct with boys while working at a Haitian orphanage,according to a former orphanage staffer. The priest was brought back towork in the Providence diocese (see more under that listing). Morerecently, Bishop Angell allowed six accused priests to stay on the jobin Vermont, then later gave their names to the state attorney generaland suspended them. He would not identify them publicly.
Asa New Orleans auxiliary bishop in 1998, he kept Catholic schoolteacherBrian Matherne on the job despite an allegation that he'd molested astudent years earlier. Bishop Aymond has said he dropped the matterwithout alerting police because the alleged victim wouldn't speak tohim. That young man later went to police himself, and authorities saidmore children had been molested in the meantime. Mr. Matherne has sincebeen sentenced to prison after admitting that he abused 17 boys.Lawsuits against the New Orleans archdiocese are pending. Bishop Aymondhas said he would do things differently today.
Charleston, S.C.BISHOP ROBERT BAKERInFebruary, a spokesman denied a lawsuit's allegation that the diocesewas employing a "known priest-pedophile." Later, the spokesmanacknowledged that an accused priest remained on the job, after havingbeen suspended in the mid-1990s, moved to a smaller parish and orderednot to be alone with children. The Rev. Paul Seitz has since resigned,for what the diocese said were unrelated health reasons. The man whoaccused Father Seitz already has provided crucial testimony in the caseagainst another priest, the Rev. Eugene Condon, who pleaded guilty toabuse in 1998 and was sentenced to probation. The accuser told the FBIthat as a teenager in the 1960s he went to Father Condon for confessionafter Father Seitz abused him. Father Condon gave him alcohol and triedto molest him too, he said, and years later showed him a trunk full ofphotographs of naked boys whose pictures had been taken in a churchrectory. In another instance, Bishop Baker two years ago moved totransfer the Rev. John Bench to a diocese in Florida, after paying asettlement to the family of a young girl the priest admitted abusing.The bishop dropped the idea after the family protested. Earlier thisspring, Bishop Baker was criticized by Atlanta Archbishop John Donoghuefor not immediately reporting abuse allegations to governmentauthorities. The Charleston diocesan spokesman said it investigatesinternally first to "be sure we have a credible allegation."
Green Bay, Wis.BISHOP ROBERT BANKSAsa top aide to Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, he helped the Rev. PaulShanley transfer to the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif., in the early1990s. The Boston archdiocese had been receiving allegations for manyyears that Father Shanley had molested children and publicly advocatedsex between men and boys, but Bishop Banks wrote a counterpart inCalifornia that the priest "has no problem that would be a concern toyour diocese." Bishop Banks has said he was unaware of Father Shanley'sproblems. "Maybe I dropped the ball, but it did not come to myattention," he recently told Wisconsin newspapers. "I know it seemsstrange to you that you could have 800 pages in a personnel file andthat I, as the vicar for administration, would not know about it, but Idid not know about it." In Green Bay, Bishop Banks recently suspendedat least one priest, whom he described as devastated by a molestationaccusation. "We're presuming that it's false," the bishop said. In lateMay, a task force he appointed said that seven priests accused ofsexually abusing minors remained in active ministry; they were notnamed. Some were said to have been accused by people who withdrew theirallegations, for reasons that were not explained. Six unnamed priestswere said to be under criminal investigation, but it wasn't clearwhether any of this group remained on the job. Bishop Banks respondedby promising reform, saying that past policies were "at best inadequateand at worst scandalous."
San Bernardino, Calif.BISHOP GERALD BARNES
BishopBarnes, who was the diocese's No. 2 official for much of the early1990s and became its head in 1996, let four priests remain active untilthis spring despite abuse allegations kept in the diocese's records.His spokesman identified only two - the Rev. Peter Luque and the Rev.Peter Covas - but would not say specifically what they had been accusedof, when the alleged abuse occurred and when the diocese had beenalerted. Complaints about the priests were forwarded to police inApril, along with information about 16 inactive clerics. Among the 16was the Rev. Joe Fertal, whom the diocese has allowed since 1995 tolive at a church complex used by high school students for overnightretreats. The diocese confidentially settled a lawsuit in 1996 thataccused Father Fertal of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy. Thepriest, who denied wrongdoing, was expected to relocate this spring.
Oklahoma City, Okla.ARCHBISHOP EUSEBIUS BELTRANIn1994, he got a written warning from the Diocese of Lansing, Mich.,where one of his priests formerly worked and had just been sued. "Wefear that more victims are going to emerge," the Michigan bishop wrote."In light of these developments, I am obliged to alert you to potentialdangers of Father [James] Rapp continuing in the ministry." ArchbishopBeltran sent the priest for a therapeutic evaluation - something he'dreceived at least twice before, while in other parts of the country -but allowed him to remain pastor of a church in the southern Oklahomatown of Duncan. Father Rapp subsequently abused more boys and wassentenced to prison in 1999; the archdiocese and the priest's religiousorder, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, have paid one victim a $5million settlement. Archbishop Beltran has declined to comment, citinglitigation that is still pending. In a deposition obtained by TheWashington Post, he blamed the head of the order for not doing more tostop Father Rapp.
Hehas said he did not know that the Rev. John P. Connor, who was leaderof a local parish from 1988 to 1993, had previously admitted in courtto molesting a 14-year-old boy from a Catholic school in nearby CamdenCounty, N.J., where the priest once taught. After leaving the Camdendiocese and before going to Philadelphia, Father Connor also worked inthe Pittsburgh diocese - at a time when Cardinal Bevilacqua was bishopthere. Early this year, the cardinal dismissed six priests known tohave abused minors over the years and said that the archdiocese hadidentified a total of 35 priests who had sexually abused children since1950. Initially he refused to give names of those priests toauthorities, saying he was concerned about protecting victims'confidentiality. He later relented under pressure from prosecutors.Archdiocese officials have said the dismissed priests had been workingin administrative jobs and have been told to seek lay status from theVatican. That would strip them of the right to perform sacramentalduties.
Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.BISHOP RAYMOND BOLAND
Heis among several bishops who were accused in a racketeering lawsuit inApril of protecting Bishop Anthony O'Connell, who recently resigned ashead of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., after admitting he had abuseda seminary student years ago in Missouri. Bishop Boland wasspecifically accused of doing nothing after one of Bishop O'Connell'svictims alerted him to abuse in late 1993 or early 1994. Bishop Bolanddoes not recall "any conversation with anyone claiming sexual abuse byBishop O'Connell," his spokesman has said. This spring, Bishop Bolandtold parishioners that "we presently have no priest, teacher or youthminister in a parish or school who has ever been accused of any form ofchild sexual abuse." The following month, the diocese said that theRev. Thomas O'Brien had been a hospital chaplain for more than 15years, since being forced into therapy over allegations that he touchedboys inappropriately and supplied them alcohol at parties. MonsignorO'Brien retired in April and has denied wrongdoing, the diocese said.
Hehas suspended at least three priests this spring after reviewinginformation that was already in their personnel files. Bishop Bosco,who has headed the Greensburg diocese since 1987, has refused toidentify the men but has turned over their files to local prosecutors.One priest had more than one abuse complaint on record, a diocesanspokesman said.
Heis one of about a dozen U.S. bishops who have been accused of sexualmisconduct in recent years. Catholic leaders in Minnesota, where BishopBrom once headed the Diocese of Duluth, have paid a settlement to aformer seminarian who alleged that he was coerced into sex. Aspokeswoman for the bishop recently told The Boston Globe that"minimal insurance" money was paid to the accuser, who agreed toretract his claim. Two archbishops who helped negotiate the deal in themid-1990s said the man received roughly $100,000. The man alleged thatin the 1980s, Bishop Brom and other high-ranking clergymen pressuredhim and other young men to have sex at a seminary in Winona, Minn.Bishop Brom has denied any sexual misconduct and has said that aninvestigation disproved what the former seminarian "thought heremembered." In San Diego after Bishop Brom took over, questions aroseabout how his top aides handled the 1993 case of the Rev. EmmanuelOmemaga, who was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl after hergrandfather's funeral, tying her to a bed and photographing her inbondage. The diocese has said it suspended the priest when it firstlearned of the accusation, then let him go home to the Philippines onvacation. Police, meanwhile, began investigating and asked a priest whowas one of the bishop's aides to alert them immediately upon FatherOmemaga's return. "He agreed to do so" but instead waited five days,according to a police report. At that point, according to the report,the aide left a message saying that he had told the wanted man to callpolice and to consult an attorney. Father Omemaga vanished and remainsthe target of an arrest warrant. The aide has said he did everything hecould do to bring his fellow priest to justice.
Inlate March, after a lengthy review of personnel files, he proclaimedhis diocese a "safe haven" - a place free of priests with molestationrecords. The review, required under a $5.2 million settlement reachedlast year with the victim of a former priest in the diocese, had led toremoval of at least two clerics who'd been working for years afteradmitting abuse. Then in April, local media reported that the Rev.Denis Lyons had been accused of sexual misconduct for the third timeand suspended. Bishop Brown's predecessor had sent Father Lyons intotreatment after both previous allegations arose, in 1993 and 1994. Thebishop hadn't fired the priest during the review, officials said,because one allegation involved misconduct with two adults and theother, involving two boys, could not be substantiated. The priestsremoved because of the review included the Rev. Michael Pecharich, whoadmitted six years ago that he molested a teenage boy in the early1980s; and the Rev. John Lenihan, who admitted more than a decade agothat he had sexually abused a teenage girl. The diocese paid onesettlement then and another this year to a woman who said FatherLenihan abused her when she was a teen in the 1970s and paid for herabortion.
TheRev. John Cornelius previously had been accused of touching young boysand at one point been demoted because of a complaint. ArchbishopBrunett, who arrived in 1997, nevertheless kept employing the prominentpriest, who'd made news for formally or informally adopting 13 childrenand keeping company with such celebrities as civil-rights activist RosaParks. But as more sex-abuse claims surfaced this spring, thearchbishop suspended Father Cornelius from an assistant pastor's job.Then it was revealed that a 1996 psychiatric evaluation had raisedconcerns about his continued employment and that the archdiocese hadbeen paying a state parole officer to monitor the priest since 1997. InMay, as the number of victims approached at least a dozen, FatherCornelius resigned. Archbishop Brunett also has been accused of movingslowly against a second priest, the Rev. Gregory Schmitt, who is facingclaims that he coerced a woman who sought his counseling into a sexualrelationship that began in Kansas City, Mo., and continued in Seattle.The woman said she notified the Seattle archdiocese in 1999, but churchofficials said they thought the relationship was consensual so didnothing. After she filed suit in late April, Father Schmitt wassuspended.
Asbishop in Tyler, Texas in the late 1990s, he let the Rev. John Flynnserve at a Longview church after the priest admitted sexual abuse of agirl in the 1970s and was removed from the largest parish in the SanAntonio archdiocese. Monsignor Flynn, a longtime friend of thebishop's, was ordered into treatment and recently was quoted as saying,"I'm not restricted from being around young people." Bishop Carmody hassaid Monsignor Flynn is no threat and that "it's time to forgive and goon." The bishop's successor in Tyler recently removed the priest. In1998, meanwhile, a lawsuit accused Bishop Carmody and the Tyler dioceseof ignoring warnings about the Rev. Gustavo Cuello, who fled thecountry after his 1997 indictment on charges that he sexually assaulteda 13-year-old girl at his church. Bishop Carmody denied the charges andrecently said that he settled the suit for less than $100,000. FatherCuello remains at large.
Thelongtime bishop - who wrote in 1990 that pedophile clergy wereafflicted but not sinful - allowed six accused priests to remain activeuntil recently, including two who had been criminally investigated.Allegations already in diocesan files led Bishop Clark to announce theremoval five of the priests in May; another priest resigned in April.Some victims had previously expressed concerns to the diocese that theRev. Thomas Burr, the Rev. Foster Rogers and the Rev. David Simon werestill in parish ministry. Their alleged incidents happened more than 20years ago with teenagers, but the church would not disclose specifics.Two other priests, the Rev. William Lum and the Rev. Thomas Corbett,kept working in desk jobs at diocesan offices despite arrests in the1990s. Father Lum had pleaded guilty in connection with assaulting a16-year-old boy. Father Corbett was charged on two sex-abuse countsinvolving an adult woman, but the case was dismissed. The sixth priest,the Rev. Joseph Brodnick, resigned in April as a hospital chaplain amiddecades-old allegations. He had previously been accused of abusing ateenage girl early in his priesthood in Cleveland, which loaned him toRochester in 1997. Rochester officials were aware of Father Brodnick'spast before he arrived; they said he posed no danger.
Lastsummer, he let the Rev. Gerald Shirilla serve as pastor of a churchwith a school, although he knew that the priest had been forced out ofthe Detroit Archdiocese in 1993 by abuse allegations that dated backdecades. After the Detroit Free Press reported on the situation thisyear, Bishop Cooney said that the priest had made "some errors injudgment" but was "no threat to the well-being of our children." Twoweeks later, he suspended him. Among those who have accused FatherShirilla are former professional baseball player Tom Paciorek and threeof his brothers. Father Shirilla has admitted massaging boys in theirunderwear but said there was nothing inappropriate about it, and hedenied molesting anyone.
TheRev. John Flynn had stepped down from his post at a prominent SanAntonio parish in 1997 after admitting that he had molested a teenagegirl many years earlier. Within two years, however, he had re-emergedas head of the Longview parish. Bishop Corrada del Rio's predecessor,Corpus Christi Bishop Edmond Carmody, brought Monsignor Flynn to theTyler diocese. (see more under the Corpus Christi listing.) But BishopCorrada del Rio continued to let the priest work without restrictionsuntil he forced him out in May. The bishop said he acted after twofemale congregants expressed discomfort with Monsignor Flynn.
Sincearriving from the Fall River, Mass., diocese in 1992, he has kept atleast four accused priests in Hartford. The archdiocese knew about twocomplaints against the Rev. Louis Paturzo, but he remained on dutyuntil May, when he admitted molesting young boys and resigned from hisjob at a middle school. Both incidents happened in the 1970s, when hewas a church deacon; he joined the priesthood in 1981. Father Paturzowas first accused in 1993, but was allowed to continue working afterstate police could not prove the allegations and psychiatrists said heposed no threat to children. Archbishop Cronin also was aware ofallegations against the Rev. Peter Zizka long before he was placed onleave in 1999. The priest was ordered to undergo treatment in 1993; twoyears later he was accused in lawsuits of fondling and havingintercourse with two teenage girls who had sought his counseling in the1970s. A third woman sued in 1997. Father Zizka denied the allegations.Archbishop Cronin refused in March to name two other priests kept onthe job despite abuse complaints.
UntilFebruary, he let four priests work despite decades-old allegations,which were detailed in their personnel files, that they had sexuallyabused children. He dismissed the men as the Boston clergy scandalbrought pressure on dioceses nationwide to reassess their handling ofmolestation cases. Bishop Cullen initially refused to tell a prosecutorthe priests' names or the parishes they served because, he said, thestatute of limitations had expired. He relented in May, when four otherprosecutors joined the call for disclosure.
Oakland, Calif.BISHOP JOHN CUMMINSUntilthis spring, the longtime bishop kept the Rev. Robert Freitas on thejob despite accusations made in 1985 that the priest molested twoteen-age boys, one of whom was paid a settlement. Bishop Cummins haltedFather Freitas' chaplain duties at a retirement home for nuns in Aprilafter police filed criminal charges against the priest. A third victimrecently told police that the priest had repeatedly fondled hisgenitals and performed oral sex on him while he was a teenage churchvolunteer in 1979 and the early 1980s. The victim helped policesecretly record a confession from Father Freitas, but the priest haspleaded not guilty to the molestation. When the first two victims tooktheir allegations to the diocese in 1985, church officialsinvestigated, then suspended Father Freitas and ordered him intotreatment. The church did not forward either boy's claim toauthorities. After counseling, Father Freitas was assigned to a deskjob at an Oakland charity that helps AIDS patients. Years later, at hisrequest, the diocese let him return to ministry as a chaplain. Forseveral years, he also lived in the rectory of church with a school.
InMarch, he said that he had "zero tolerance for child sex abuse," thatthe only Catholic clergy-abuse case he knew about in the area occurredmore than 50 years ago and that the diocese had never sent money toanother diocese to settle a molestation claim. A month later, however,a local newspaper showed that Bishop Curlin had reassigned the Rev.Damion Lynch in 1997 after paying a settlement to one victim's family.The bishop then acknowledged that Father Lynch had told him in 1995 ofan "indiscretion" involving the boy and had undergone psychologicaltesting. The priest was removed from ministry in 1998 after thevictim's parents sued, alleging that another son had also been abused.In 2000, Bishop Curlin wrote a reference letter for the Rev. RichardFarwell - who was seeking a job with a Catholic charity in SouthFlorida - even though the previous year Father Farwell had been accusedof molesting a child two decades earlier. The bishop wrote therecommendation after the diocese determined the allegation was notcredible, a spokeswoman said. The allegation was recently reiterated,and Bishop Curlin suspended Father Farwell, who was fired from thecharity.
Hehas come under criminal investigation in connection with a pendingchild-pornography possession case against one of his priests andrecently admitted negligent supervision of another, the Rev. DanielHerek, who's been convicted of manufacturing pornography and abusing analtar boy. Archbishop Curtiss has said he took immediate action againstFather Herek when pornographic evidence first surfaced in 1997, butdocuments now emerging in civil court show several prior warnings ofinappropriate behavior with children. The archbishop also suspended athird man this spring, the Rev. Thomas Sellentin, after the priestadmitted molesting boys in parishes years ago. A spokesman said thearchbishop learned of that abuse only recently, though another priestand a former state Supreme Court judge said it was documented decadesago. In mid-May, the chief prosecutor in Madison County, Neb., saidArchbishop Curtiss could face witness-tampering charges because hesought the resignation of a Catholic schoolteacher who'd told policethat the Rev. Robert Allgaier viewed child pornography at work. Thedistrict attorney has since said he would not charge the archbishop.Teacher Linda Hammond said the archbishop told her, in the presence ofothers, "You shouldn't have done this. We had it handled. You ruined aman's life." Archbishop Curtiss has said he wasn't trying to swaytestimony. He has said that the priest was not accused of abusingchildren and was deemed by experts not to be attracted to them.Earlier, Madison County prosecutor Joe Smith criticized the archbishopfor not coming to authorities when Father Allgaier admitted, in early2001, that he had been viewing child pornography. Instead, thearchbishop sent the priest to counseling and removed him from a highschool teaching job - then let him teach at a middle school until hisarrest in February In the late 1970s, as leader of the Diocese ofHelena, Mont., Bishop Curtiss reassigned the Rev. Wilson Smart despitepedophilia allegations that had first emerged in 1959; the bishop latersaid he had failed to examine the priest's personnel file. In 1993,Bishop Curtiss admitted that he later removed letters documenting abusefrom the file, acknowledged "shortsightedness and misjudgment" andadded: "There has been a climate of silence on the part of priests andpeople, but there can be no more."
Ina 1991 letter to a bishop in Venezuela, he endorsed the Rev. EnriqueDiaz Jimenez for reassignment there - at a time when the priest faced a60-count molestation indictment in New York. The letter referred to thecriminal charges as "a very difficult situation" but continued: "Wehave never had a single problem, and everything we have to say ispositive." After the priest was convicted of abusing boys as young as6, sentenced to four months in jail and quickly deported from theUnited States, he was allowed to return to work as a priest inVenezuela, his home country. Father Diaz was suspended there in thelate 1990s, after 18 boys from a rural town reported abuse. He thenmoved to Colombia and was sentenced to house arrest this year for morecrimes against children. Bishop Daily served as an auxiliary bishop inBoston and took part in protecting the Rev. John Geoghan after thepriest admitted abuse; he has since said he regrets those decisions. Aspokesman has defended the bishop's letter to his Venezuelancounterpart.
Heemployed the Rev. Thomas Teczar in the late 1980s and early 1990s,after the priest had been forced into pedophilia treatment by hisoriginal diocese of Worcester, Mass., suspended from ministry there andfined for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bishop Delaneyhas said he didn't know about Worcester diocesan files that documentedmolestation allegations dating to the 1960s. Father Teczar fled Texasin 1993 as criminal authorities investigated two of his friends forabusing children. Bishop Delaney initially said he thought the priestleft because "he decided he didn't want to be a priest in Texas anymore," then subsequently admitted that he had known Father Teczar wasalso a subject of the criminal investigation. The priest's friends havesince been sentenced to prison. In the late 1980s, Bishop Delaney alsohired an old friend, the Rev. Philip Magaldi, who had been suspended inhis original diocese of Providence, R.I., for stealing from a church.Rhode Island authorities said he used some of the money for tropicalvacations with adolescent boys and once gave a teenager he met in apark enough money to buy a car. Father Magaldi, who has deniedwrongdoing, served as chaplain of the Fort Worth diocesan scoutingprogram. Bishop Delaney no longer allows him to have a public ministry.
Honolulu, HawaiiBISHOP FRANCIS DiLORENZOKimberlyJenkins' two sons accused Manuel Feliciano of molestation in 1998,leading to criminal charges against the layman, who trained altarservers. Mr. Feliciano pleaded guilty in 2000 and was sentenced to ayear in prison. In a lawsuit, the mother has accused the diocese offailing to act in 1997 after a boy from another family reported abuseby Mr. Feliciano. The diocese's lawyer said that Bishop DiLorenzo andother officials aren't at fault. In a counterclaim, the diocese demandsthat Ms. Jenkins reimburse its attorneys' fees, arguing that she wasnegligent in monitoring her children because, among other things, shelet them spend the night at Mr. Feliciano's.
Camden, N.J.BISHOP NICHOLAS DiMARZIOUntilearly this year, he let an admitted molester, the Rev. John P. Connor,work as a hospital chaplain and live in two parish rectories. When U.S.bishops began facing pressure to deal with clergy abuse, BishopDiMarzio removed Father Connor. In 1984, the priest was charged withmolesting a freshman from the preparatory school where he served as ateacher and coach. Father Connor had taken the boy on a camping trip,given him beer and fondled him. Diocese lawyers negotiated a deal inwhich he admitted guilt and agreed to avoid trouble for one year inexchange for a clean criminal record. After treatment in 1985, he movedto the Pittsburgh Diocese and then to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.(See more under that listing.) Some jobs gave him unrestricted accessto children. Father Connor came back to the Camden Diocese in 1993.
Atleast one of his accused priests remained on duty as of early June. TheRev. Gerald Hartz was charged in the mid-1990s with improperly touchinga 13-year-old girl at a Catholic school and also accused by at leastone woman of groping and kissing her at church. The criminal case wasdismissed after he resigned as a parish priest; the woman's complaintled to a civil suit that was dismissed. Father Hartz, formerly asuperintendent of Catholic schools, has worked most recently as anursing home chaplain. He has denied wrongdoing.
Thefamily of three boys came forward in late 1996 with allegations thatthe Rev. Harlan Clapsaddle had molested them decades earlier. "We wereencouraged by the diocese to keep quiet," Kevin Misslich recently tolda Rockford television station. "They assured us that they would handlethe Clapsaddle matter." In early 1997, the diocese removed FatherClapsaddle from his parish and ordered treatment. When he finished, hewas put back to work, ministering in a nursing home. He stepped down inMay. Bishop Doran has said he "acted responsibly" and stressed thatFather Clapsaddle was working in a "restricted setting." Nursing homeofficials said they weren't told about the priest's past until two daysbefore he quit.
Orlando, Fla.BISHOP NORBERT DORSEYIninterviews and court filings, he said that he didn't know aboutmolestation allegations against the Rev. Arthur Bendixen until late1993 and that he suspended him a few months later. His account has beencontradicted by several people, including a former priest who said hetold Bishop Dorsey in 1992 about parishioners' complaints that FatherBendixen was sleeping with a young boy while working in the DominicanRepublic. Bishop Dorsey has said he met with the former priest, CharlesBard, but did not discuss such matters. He called Mr. Bard's account"false and vindictive." Father Bendixen, formerly a high-rankingadministrator at diocesan headquarters, also was accused in 1992 oftrying to seduce a teenage seminary student during a trip to theDominican Republic. At the time, the priest was rector of the seminary.Three priests quit the school after Bishop Dorsey took no action.Father Bendixen has denied wrongdoing, while the diocese has paidseveral out-of-court settlements to men who said he abused them asboys. "Someone made the comment one time that they wouldn't be happyuntil they saw me personally lead this sinful criminal priest to behandcuffed," Bishop Dorsey has said. "And I said, well, the situationis, I would have to be handcuffed with him because we're connected.He's a priest, and I'm the head of the church here." Father Bendixen nolonger functions as a priest; he has been teaching recently at aCatholic university in Chicago and running a center for homeless people.
In1985, while he was a high-ranking priest in southern California'sDiocese of Orange, he urged a counterpart in England to hire the Rev.Robert Foley, who had undergone therapy for molesting an 8-year-old boyon a campout. The child's mother "has threatened to go to the police,"he wrote. The priest "is in jeopardy of arrest and possibleimprisonment if he remains here." Then-Monsignor Driscoll said in adeposition that Father Foley admitted the abuse. The priest left town,and the Orange Diocese did not respond to recent questions about hiswhereabouts. After being promoted to an auxiliary bishop post in theOrange Diocese, Bishop Driscoll received several allegations of abuseby the Rev. Eleuterio Ramos but did nothing, according to lawsuits thatthe diocese settled for undisclosed sums. Bishop Driscoll testifiedthat he had no direct knowledge about Father Ramos; another priestcontradicted his account. Father Ramos admitted some sexual contactwith altar boys, but was allowed to transfer to a parish in the Dioceseof Tijuana, Mexico, where he worked until the mid-1990s. He is nolonger believed to be functioning as a priest. Bishop Driscoll, who waspromoted to the top job in Boise in 1999, recently told parishionersthere that "what hurts me most is the betrayal of the people's trust bysome priests."
TheRev. Bruce Teague says the bishop's administration reprimanded him in1997 when he told police that a convicted child molester - the Rev.Richard Lavigne - was hanging around his church. Father Teague has saidhe got authorities to issue a trespass order only after alertingdiocesan leaders and getting no response. At the time, Father Lavignewas on probation, under church suspension and trying to help hearchildren's confessions, Father Teague has said. Bishop Dupre has saidthat Father Teague was not punished for going to police. The bishop hasalso said that his diocese is ahead of some others in dealing withclergy sexual abuse, though he has at least two previously accused menon the job. One is the Rev. Edward M. Kennedy, who paid a secretsettlement in the early 1990s to one accuser and was sent to atreatment center. Father Kennedy celebrates Mass at some parishes on afill-in basis, serves as chaplain at a retirement center and helpsdecide annulment cases at diocesan headquarters. He recently told theUnion-News of Springfield that he was grateful for the therapy he'dreceived. The diocese also sent him away to get a master's degree inchurch law. Another accused priest, the Rev. Richard Meehan, has beenworking as an archival researcher for the diocese. Bishop Dupre alsohas been accused of not waiving confidentiality agreements in civilsettlements so that victims could speak freely with criminalauthorities. He has disputed that charge
Inhis previous post as bishop in Bridgeport, Conn., he let some priestskeep working after they were accused of sexual abuse. In closedtestimony in a 1997 lawsuit, he expressed doubt about the veracity ofmost allegations, saying that "very few have even come close to havinganyone prove anything." One priest he supported was the Rev. RaymondPcolka, who had been accused as far back as 1966. Father Pcolka'salleged victims included more than a dozen boys and girls - some asyoung as 7 - who described being spanked and forced into oral and analsex. Cardinal Egan kept him on the job until 1992, when another accusercame forward and the priest refused orders to remain at a treatmentcenter. The diocese has since settled lawsuits against Father Pcolka,who refused to answer lawyers' questions during the litigation. Anotherpriest protected by Cardinal Egan was the Rev. Laurence Brett, who hadfirst admitted abuse in 1964 - biting a boy's genitals. After CardinalEgan became Bridgeport's bishop in the late 1980s, he met Father Brettand endorsed him for continued ministry. "In the course of ourconversation," he wrote, "the particulars of his case came out indetail and with grace." Further accusations led to Father Brett'ssuspension in 1993. In a recent letter to New York parishioners,Cardinal Egan said his policy in Bridgeport was to do a preliminaryinvestigation of accused priests, then send them for psychiatricevaluation and heed doctors' advice. The Connecticut Postlater showedthat the policy wasn't followed in the case of the Rev. Walter Coleman,who stayed on the job for more than a year after the Bridgeport dioceseconcluded in early 1994 that he had abused the son of a woman with whomhe had an affair and bought a house. In early June, the pope appointedCardinal Egan to the Vatican's highest court. In mid-May, theWestchester County district attorney convened a grand jury toinvestigate New York archdiocesan leaders' handling of sex-abuseallegations.
Aftera 1998 lawsuit accused the Rev. Jan Malicki of trying to rape a girland sexually abusing a woman, the archbishop suspended him from parishwork and reassigned him to duty at a nursing home. The priest refusedthe new job, his attorney has said, and remains off the job. FatherMalicki and the archdiocese have asked a judge to order publicidentification of the plaintiffs, who are anonymous in court filingsbut whose names are known to the defense team. The archdiocese made asimilar demand in a lawsuit filed in April against the Rev. JosephMaroor, who is accused of seducing a woman he counseled at adrug-treatment center. The plaintiffs' attorneys have accused theFavalora administration of trying to embarrass their clients intodropping the cases and discourage other victims from coming forward.The defendants have said fairness dictates that all parties beidentified publicly. Meanwhile, Archbishop Favalora has beennegotiating for months with local prosecutors over how much informationabout accused priests he will give them. He recently suspended twopreviously accused priests, the Rev. Ricardo Castellanos and the Rev.Alvaro Guichard, after a new lawsuit alleged that they forced an altarboy to take part in orgies in the early 1970s. The two priests facedsimilar allegations in the late 1970s, before Archbishop Favalora cameto Miami. That accuser later recanted. Father Castellanos and FatherGuichard have denied wrongdoing.
Asa high-ranking Diocese of Dallas official in the 1980s, he helped movethe Rev. Robert Peebles to different jobs after molestation complaintswere made. One transfer made him a military chaplain in Georgia, wherehe sexually assaulted a boy. He was sent back to Dallas to avoid acourt martial and became the diocesan scouting director. "We made thebest decision at the time in view of the circumstances," BishopFellhauer told The Dallas Morning News in 1994. "There are alsomatters of confidentiality and people's reputations." Mr. Peebles wasforced out of the priesthood in the late 1980s after he acknowledgedabusing other boys, but he was not prosecuted. The diocese has paidmillions to his victims and also paid for him to get a law degree inNew Orleans. Bishop Fellhauer has acknowledged making a mistakeregarding Mr. Peebles. He has also testified that as early as 1985 hehad reports that boys were spending the night with the Rev. Rudy Kos,who is now imprisoned for life for sexually assaulting boys in theDallas diocese. But during the trial of several Kos victims' civil suit- which ended in the largest clergy-abuse verdict in history - thebishop told jurors that he didn't suspect abuse. "It was obvious he hada ministry to young people," the bishop testified. "He was good withthem."
Galveston-Houston, TexasBISHOP JOSEPH FIORENZA
Inthe late 1970s and early 1980s, as bishop of San Angelo in West Texas,he employed a priest who'd been forced from three other diocesesbecause of molestation accusations. Bishop Fiorenza wrote in a 1982letter that he knew of the Rev. David Holley's "past difficulties" andstated: "With our shortage of priests, I am willing to riskincardinating him" - formally making him a priest of the Diocese of SanAngelo. In 1997, when The Dallas Morning News obtained thatletter and the rest of Father Holley's personnel file, Bishop Fiorenzarefused interview requests. He recently told The Houston Chronicle,through a spokesman, that he hadn't known about the priest's pedophiliawhen he employed him and that the "past difficulties" reference was to"poor people skills." Later, the bishop added that the reference alsocovered "problems with alcohol" - something that is not in thepersonnel file. Father Holley is now imprisoned for molesting boys inNew Mexico, where he served before coming to Texas. After going to theGalveston-Houston diocese in the mid-1980s, Bishop Fiorenza transferredthe Rev. Noe Guzman to another parish after the priest was caughtsexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. The bishop has said hedelegated the matter to an assistant, who has testified that heaccepted Father Guzman's characterization of the girl as a "precociouschild who came on to him." The woman who caught the priest has saidthat the assistant urged her not to cooperate with police. The assaultcame to light after Father Guzman impregnated a church secretary; heserved a short jail term.
Superior, Wis.BISHOP RAPHAEL FLISSAssecond in command of the diocese in the mid-1980s, he persuadedauthorities to let the church handle a parent's allegations that theRev. David Malsch had touched his 14-year-old son and offered the boy$10 for oral sex. "I didn't want to have a lot of scandal," the bishoptestified years later. Over the next seven years, Father Malsch wassent on a series of treatment stops and was transferred to parisheswhere he had contact with children. After a mother came forward in1991, police began investigating allegations that Father Malsch hadmolested a 14-year-old boy with learning disabilities and had given himX-rated videos. Bishop Fliss, by then head of the diocese, suspendedthe priest and ordered more treatment. Two years later, Father Malshpleaded no contest to one count of child enticement, but denied otheraccusations against him, including that he had offered two brothersliquor and had repeatedly molested them over a five-year span. Afterviolating terms of his probation, Father Malsch was sent to prison fornearly two years. He now stays in a Missouri facility, where he wascivilly committed. Bishop Fliss acknowledged in April that he hadmishandled the case.
Asan auxiliary bishop in San Antonio in the 1970s, he helped XavierOrtiz-Dietz become a priest despite poor performance in three Mexicanseminaries. One of the schools sent a report concluding that thestudent suffered from "marked sexual conflict, ... obsessive manias,pronounced paranoid characteristics, delusions of grandeur..." In 1998,the archdiocese paid about $4 million to seven victims of the priest,who has been imprisoned. Two women gave sworn statements saying thatthey alerted the archdiocese of possible abuse in the 1980s; ArchbishopFlores' attorney has said he was not warned. In the late 1990s, thearchbishop testified in a deposition that the priest remained "fit forcertain ministries" despite his criminal conviction. In the late 1980s,meanwhile, Archbishop Flores settled a lawsuit over alleged molestationby the Rev. Federico Fernandez. He has said he didn't remember anearlier complaint from a man who warned that he had seen the priestnaked in a swimming pool with two young girls. Father Fernandez wasalso criminally charged in the late 1980s, but the case was dismissedat the request of an alleged victim.
St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.ARCHBISHOP HARRY FLYNN
Asbishop of the Lafayette, La., Diocese, he was credited with cleaning upone of the nation's earliest clergy abuse scandals in the 1980s. Thatrecord, in part, led to his April appointment as chairman of a keybishops' committee that drafted the proposed national policy onhandling clergy sex abuse. But since 1995, Archbishop Flynn has allowedat least five accused priests - three who remain active - to continueworking in the Twin Cities despite past lawsuits or criminal chargesagainst them. Although the Rev. Gil Gustafson pleaded guilty tosexually assaulting a young boy in the 1970s and spent six months in aworkhouse, he has been celebrating Mass four times a week at amonastery and serving as an administrative aide. The Rev. MichaelStevens pleaded guilty in the late 1980s to sexual misconduct with aminor, and he has been working in the archdiocese's computerdepartment. Archbishop Flynn defended his decisions to keep thememployed, as well the Rev. Joseph Wada, who was accused in lawsuits ofabusing teenage boys. "None of the three are in positions, now, inwhich children may be harmed," he said. Early in his tenure, thearchbishop kept the Rev. Robert Kapoun on duty despite claims that hehad molested four boys. After a jury in 1996 awarded more than $1million to one victim, the archdiocese announced that Father Kapoun,dubbed the Polka Priest for his use of the music in Masses, had agreedto step down. An appeals court later overturned the decision, sayingthe victim had waited too long to come forward.
Aftertaking over in 1994, he kept the Rev. Charles V. Cross in his diocesejob and let him celebrate Mass - although previous bishops had receivedcomplaints of abuse by him and ordered him into treatment. Bishop Foleysuspended Father Cross in early May, a month after a story in the Decatur (Ala.) Dailyrecounted allegations against the priest. Bishop Foley said he actedafter more victims came forward with "substantial and credible"complaints. Father Cross has denied the allegations but agreed toretire in June. In a 1995 lawsuit, Robert Wilford accused Father Crossof repeatedly molesting, sodomizing and beating him when he was ateenager in the 1960s - and alleged that the priest had confessed tochurch officials. A judge later dismissed the case because the claimswere too old. Father Cross said the suit was financially motivated. Mr.Wilford had taken his complaints to the diocese in 1993 - eight yearsafter Father Cross was ordered to undergo treatment because of othermisconduct claims - but then-Bishop Raymond Boland kept Father Cross inhis administrative job at diocese headquarters (see the Kansas City-St.Joseph, Mo. Diocese). At the time of the priest's suspension, FatherCross was living at a Birmingham church facility.
Jefferson City, Mo.BISHOP JOHN GAYDOSHewas one of the bishops who remained silent in 1999 as Anthony O'Connellwas promoted from bishop of the Knoxville, Tenn., Diocese to the muchlarger one in Palm Beach, Fla. The Diocese of Jefferson City had paid a$125,000 out-of-court settlement in 1996 to a seminarian who BishopO'Connell abused during the 1970s. Bishop Gaydos also let the Rev.Manus Daly stay on duty until this spring, even though the diocese wastold in 1996 that he had also abused Bishop O'Connell's victim. BishopO'Connell - who took over in Florida for another admitted molester,Bishop J. Keith Symons - has resigned. The Jefferson City Diocese'sfailure to speak up about Bishop O'Connell was "a travesty," saidBishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops. Bishop Gaydos recently closed the Missouri seminary whereBishop O'Connell and Father Daly abused the student. He also suspendedanother priest, the Rev. Don Wallace, whom he'd kept on the job sincefour altar boys complained in 1997 about inappropriate touching. BishopGaydos serves on the abuse committee of the bishops conference.
Heis facing allegations that the archdiocese had protected severalpriests with histories of abuse. The cardinal removed a former topaide, the Rev. R. Peter Bowman, from a parish. in late May. That was amonth after a man accused the priest of molesting him many years ago -and at least a year after the archdiocese dismissed another complaintagainst Father Bowman because, in a church spokesman's words, itinvolved merely "horseplay that could have been misinterpreted." Thisspring, Cardinal George suspended a priest who had been a top aide tohis predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The Rev. Robert Kealy hadremained a pastor after being accused last year of abusing a teenagerin the 1970s, then was removed in March after more informationsurfaced. He used to help Cardinal Bernardin handle abuse allegationsagainst colleagues. Neither he nor Father Bowman has respondedpublicly. A third priest accused in April of abuse in the 1960sremained on the job for more than a month; the church spokesman saidinternal investigations have lagged because so many complaints areemerging. There are also allegations of recent abuse and archdiocesanmisconduct. One lawsuit, for example, has charged that the archdioceseknew three years ago that the Rev. Walter Strus was sexually harassingparishioners but let him keep working. Father Strus has since fathereda child with a Polish immigrant, who has accused him of raping her andpressuring her to have an abortion. He has denied the allegations. "Wehad no indication of [the priest's] propensity for sexual assault," thechurch spokesman said. Another recent scandal involves the Rev. SleevaRaju Policetti, who fled to his native India in May after being accusedof abusing a girl. Church officials waited two days after learning ofthe allegation to call criminal authorities, who "advised us not toconfront him ... until they had the chance to gather more informationand question him," the spokesman said. "Somehow he found out ...anyway, and he left the country."
A1990 letter from one alleged victim of the Rev. Raymond Melville beggedBishop Gerry to "please stop this from happening again." The bishoppledged "to address the matter vigorously and expeditiously." He putFather Melville in therapy for a few months, then moved him to anotherparish. While there, according to a pending lawsuit, the priestcontinued to molest a teenager whom he'd started abusing years before.Father Melville, who hasn't commented publicly, was sent to one morechurch before leaving the ministry in 1997. A diocesan spokeswomanrecently said his departure had nothing to do with abuse allegations.But last year, a former spokesman said the priest had quit afterrefusing further treatment. The spokeswoman also said the diocese's new"zero tolerance" policy would prevent someone similarly accused fromreturning to a parish. Until it was implemented this year, at least twoadmitted abusers remained on the job: the Rev. Michael Doucette, forwhom the diocese paid a confidential settlement a decade ago; and theRev. John Audibert, a victim of whose spoke out publicly as long ago as1993.
Hetold parishioners in late March that priests who sexually abusechildren are guilty of "grave sins" that he would not tolerate. At thetime, his spokesman would not say whether any complaints had beenreferred to criminal authorities or whether any priests had beenremoved. Shortly afterward, news accounts detailed the backgrounds ofthree men who were working as pastors in the diocese: the Rev. JeanVogler, who spent 10 months in federal prison in the 1990s on a childpornography conviction; the Rev. Michael Allen, who admitted that in1974 he initiated a series of sexual encounters with a 16-year-old boywho was hospitalized for depression; and the Rev. Mark Kurzendoerfer,who was transferred to a different teaching job in 1981 after beingaccused of abusing a 14-year-old student. Soon after coming toEvansville in 1989, Bishop Gettelfinger ordered Father Kurzendoerfernot to have a youth ministry - although he let him work at a parishwith a school. In May, the bishop suspended the priest and sent him tocounseling, saying that he had been violating the order, in part byhaving private counseling sessions with 11-year-old students. Parentsand the school principal had not been told about the restriction.Bishop Gettelfinger acknowledged that he had also sent FatherKurzendoerfer into "extensive therapy" after he admitted soliciting a17-year-old in 1998. The young man then identified himself to the Evansville Courier & Pressas the priest's nephew. Meanwhile, Father Vogler and Father Allen haveremained on the job. Bishop Gettelfinger has been publicly supportiveof Father Allen, saying he didn't think anyone was at risk. "The peoplehave come to love him because of his pastoral gifts, his ministering tohis people, his presence to his people, the attention given to them,"the bishop said. "He really has been the priestly leader that they werelooking for, yearning for, and now have."
Hesuspended the Rev. Thomas Watkins from a parish this spring after a manalleged that he had been repeatedly sexually harassed by the priestwhile a college seminary student in Ohio many years ago. Father Watkinshad been accused of inappropriate contact with three other peopleduring Bishop Gossman's 27-year tenure, but the diocese would notelaborate. Father Watkins has denied the allegations. Several yearsago, Bishop Gossman employed the Rev. Joseph LaForge after the priestwas charged in New Jersey with helping a cleric accused of childmolestation to flee the country. Father LaForge admitted giving $5,000in church funds to the Rev. Florencio Tumang, but said he had no ideathe priest would flee. Charges against Father LaForge were dismissedafter he completed a pretrial intervention program for first-timeoffenders. He has since died; Father Tumang remains a fugitive.
Hisdiocese was found liable for conspiracy in 1997 after covering up yearsof abuse by the Rev. Rudy Kos; jurors assessed the largest clergy-abuseverdict in history. Bishop Grahmann had let Mr. Kos keep working in theearly 1990s after the priest ignored repeated orders to stop lettingboys sleep over at church residences. The bishop testified that "therewas no reason" to remove Mr. Kos in spring 1992 after a social workerwho specializes in child abuse said Mr. Kos sounded like a "textbookpedophile." Bishop Grahmann also refused experts' requests to testwhether Mr. Kos was aroused by pictures of children, saying he had"moral problems" with the procedure. After jurors returned theirverdict, the bishop did not stay in the courtroom to hear a statementthey had written that said, in part, "Please admit your guilt." A topaide who did hear the statement said he didn't know how to respond toit, explaining that "I don't know what 'admit your guilt' is." Mr. Koshas since been defrocked, convicted of criminal charges and sent toprison. In a recent interview, Bishop Grahmann gave this assessment ofthe pedophile priest scandal: "Bishops are accused of covering up andmoving people from one parish to another. That's a bunch of bull."
Herecently said that some priests who've been treated for sexualmisconduct - he wouldn't identify them - remain on the job but not inparishes. Yet Bishop Griffin also acknowledged that he had put the Rev.Joseph Fete in a pastor's job last year, after earlier removing himfrom another church, sending him to treatment and paying a settlementto a victim who was molested for years in the late 1970s. MonsignorFete, who admitted the abuse, recently was put in charge of thediocese's newly created office of ecumenical affairs. Bishop Griffinalso acknowledged that the Rev. Phillip Jacobs had been allowed totransfer to a church in Victoria, British Columbia, after being accusedof molestation in 1994. The bishop said he sent Father Jacobs intotherapy for "improper sexual touching" of a boy.
Dubuque, IowaARCHBISHOP JEROME HANUSIn2000, he kept the Rev. Michael Fitzgerald on duty for weeks at a ruralparish after the diocese was shown evidence that the priest had tradedsexually suggestive e-mails with and arranged to meet a 13-year-old boy- who turned out to actually be an investigator working for a privatechild-protection group. After criminal authorities were notified,Archbishop Hanus suspended Father Fitzgerald and sent him to anout-of-state treatment center, which police said stymied theirinvestigation. The archbishop later said he expected to return thepriest to his parish. He dropped that idea after an allegation was madethat Father Fitzgerald had molested an adolescent from the church. Thepriest died in a car crash last year while training near Chicago to bea hospital chaplain.
Norwich, Conn.BISHOP DANIEL HARTAlawsuit accuses him of ignoring several warning signs that could havestopped the Rev. Richard Buongirno from continuing to assault a youngboy. The abuse allegedly began in the early 1990s, when the child was9. State officials were notified through an anonymous complaint, butthey stopped investigating because the boy denied being abused. Stateand diocese officials never questioned the priest, according to theplaintiff's lawyer. In 1994, a second allegation of abuse, made by aman, surfaced against Father Buongirno. The cleric admitted to it,leading the bishop at the time to suspend him and order him intotreatment. After Bishop Hart arrived in 1995, he reviewed FatherBuongirno's file and returned him to ministry, sometimes aroundchildren. Within a few years, Father Buongirno had allegedly begunagain abusing the boy, who was by then a teen-ager. The abuse wasdiscovered after parish workers learned the boy was on an out-of-statetrip with Father Buongirno; the priest had told colleagues he wastraveling with an adult. The boy shared details with a counselor andpolice, who arrested Father Buongirno in 1999. Father Buongirno pleadednot guilty, and the charges were later dropped because of statutes oflimitation. He has since left the priesthood. Bishop Hart's lawyer saidthe bishop had reinstated the priest after a treatment clinic had givenits approval. But records obtained by The Hartford Courant show that the diocese did not tell the center all the allegations against Father Buongirno.
Indianapolisnewspapers concluded in a 1997 series that Bishop Higi had concealedknowledge of several abusers and returned some to ministry. Oneexample: the Rev. Ron Voss, who got therapy after being accused offondling teenagers in the late 1980s and was transferred to Haiti,where he sometimes worked with young people. When fellow priestscomplained, one of the bishop's aides ordered them to "cease fromjeopardizing the name and reputation of Ron Voss." Father Voss resignedfrom ministry in 1993 but continued to identify himself as a priest inthe Caribbean island nation. Church officials have said Father Vossregrets his past behavior and has changed. Bishop Higi initially calledthe newspaper's reporting "a product of clever spins and a preconceivedagenda." Later, though, he hired a sexual-abuse counseling expert toinvestigate allegations and acknowledged that the news reports "foundme and my predecessors deficient."
TheRev. Robert J. Fisher spent 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in1988 to molesting a 14-year-old girl from his own parish. After fouryears of church-ordered therapy Father Fisher was found fit to returnand Bishop Hoffman appointed him pastor at a another parish. In March,as the clergy abuse crisis spread nationally, the diocese acknowledgedthat he remained on the job, but it didn't name him or his parishpublicly. At the same time, officials said two other unnamed priests,who were described as having been involved in "improprieties" withadults or older teens, also were still active. Bishop Hoffman suspendedFather Fisher in May, to the displeasure of some parishioners. He cited"the media climate" in the country as a factor in his decision, butsaid he had no plans to remove others. Later that month, he said, "Mydifficulty with zero tolerance is that the gospel teachesreconciliation. We believe in forgiveness."
Fromthe mid-1980s until April, he allowed an admitted molester, the Rev.David Bentley, to work in Africa and elsewhere outside the diocese.Because no new complaints surfaced, the Albany Diocese said, BishopHubbard let Father Bentley serve for the last few years at a parish inDeming, N.M., which is part of the Las Cruces Diocese. (See more underthat listing.) The priest has received therapy but has never facedcriminal charges. Bishop Hubbard also let at least three other priestswork as hospital chaplains after they got treatment for sexualmisconduct; they include the Rev. Mark Haight and the Rev. JamesHanley, who was from the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. (See more under thatlisting.) The Albany Diocese says it has ended a practice ofreassigning molesters to hospitals. As of early June, the bishop hadnot answered questions about whether other accused priests remained onduty.
Asan aide to Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, he received a complaint in 1991that the Rev. John Geoghan was having "inappropriate" conversationswith young boys at a Massachusetts swimming pool. He responded bytelling Father Geoghan to stay away from the pool. The priest hadpreviously been treated for pedophilia but was allowed to stay on thejob. He was recently convicted of fondling a boy - at the same pool in1991. In New Orleans, where Archbishop Hughes has served for a littlemore than a year, he recently suspended at least two priests because ofabuse allegations that were already in personnel files; the men werenot publicly identified. The archbishop also apologized for Catholicleaders' handling of predatory clerics. "Our action or inaction failedto protect the innocents among us, the children," he wrote. "I askforgiveness."
BishopImesch has transferred at least four accused priests inside his diocesewithout alerting parishioners. And he has brought in a convicted childmolester, the Rev. Gary Berthiaume, who had served as an associatepastor under him at a Detroit church years ago (see more under theCleveland Diocese listing). The Chicago Tribune recently reported thatin 1980, early in Bishop Imesch's career in Joliet, the diocese movedthe Rev. Lawrence Gibbs while he was under criminal investigation andrefused to tell investigators where he was. The bishop told parentswhose children had been interviewed in the case that authorities hadfound no evidence to charge Father Gibbs, who got a new parish andallegedly molested again. He has since left the priesthood. Meanwhile,the Archdiocese of St. Louis recently removed two priests it hadaccepted from Joliet, the Rev. Fred Lenczycki and the Rev. J. AnthonyMeis, saying that Bishop Imesch had not disclosed past allegationsagainst them when recommending them for transfers. The bishop hasdenied that assertion. In recent months, he has said that some peoplearen't traumatized by sexual abuse and that some priests who molestadolescents should be allowed back into ministry after therapy. But inlate May, he changed course and said he would support a "zerotolerance" policy if the nation's bishops approve it in Dallas thisweek. "I am sorry for any pain I have caused victims, their families,parishioners and others," he wrote. "I feel that some of the criticismsdirected at me were harsh, but I hope that I have learned from them."
Hesent the Rev. John Andries to therapy and then back to a parish after a1998 incident of alleged fondling, which wasn't prosecuted. In May,Father Andries was charged with sexual battery, accused of touching andmasturbating onto a sleeping boy in 2001. The boy's parents said theyhad invited the priest to spend the night at their rural home withoutknowing about the 1998 matter. The parents also said that when theyreported the incident to Bishop Jacobs, he told them that FatherAndries wasn't supposed to be around children. "If he wasn't supposedto be around kids, what are you doing putting him back in the churchparish?" the family's attorney, Anthony Fontana, has asked. The priesthas pleaded not guilty.
Thebishop let the Rev. Robert Melancon continue working in a parish afterpaying one of his victims $30,000 in 1993. Another victim came forwardin 1995, saying that he had been raped repeatedly in a church rectoryin the 1980s - the first time when he was 8 years old. Father Melanconhas since been convicted in that case and sentenced to life in prison.Before the trial, the district attorney said he would seek to haveBishop Jarrell held in contempt of court for refusing to say whetherchurch authorities were investigating other complaints of sexual abuseagainst priests. The bishop then answered that they had not. One of hisformer top aides, the Rev. Albert Bergeron, pleaded guilty to lying toa grand jury investigating Father Melancon. Two of Father Melancon'saccusers have testified that they sometimes met him at MonsignorBergeron's rectory, where there was a supply of pornography.
Heput the Rev. Maurice Blackwell back to work in 1993 after policedropped a molestation investigation. A panel Cardinal Keeler hadappointed to review such matters criticized the reinstatement, sayingthat the accusations against the priest were "consistent and credible."Father Blackwell was suspended again in 1998 after admitting sexualabuse of a minor that predated the 1993 case. The 1993 accuser, DonteeStokes, was charged this spring with shooting and seriously woundingthe priest. Afterward Cardinal Keeler acknowledged that the 1993accusation had been credible, saying he regretted his earlier decisionand apologized for the first time to victims of clergymen, Thedetective who investigated at the time was constrained by prosecutors,according to records obtained by The Washington Post. Anunidentified prosecutor's notes say: "Priest known to prey on youngboys. [The detective is] trying to pressure me into letting him speakwith the priest. ... I reiterated no arrest and no talking to priest."Cardinal Keeler also has long let the Rev. Michael Spillane work for agroup that advises the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on worshippractices. The cardinal's spokesman said that Father Spillane wasbarred in 1991 from celebrating Mass, after he admitted molesting sixboys and that the advisory group was notified. The organization'schairman said he hadn't been advised. The priest is set to retire thisyear, the chairman said.
Hesettled claims in 1990 and 1999 that alleged abuse by the Rev. LouisMiller many years earlier, but kept him on the job until this spring.Archbishop Kelly's spokesman said that Father Miller, who has deniedwrongdoing, was not allowed to work with children. "I have been inchurch administration positions for 40 years, and 30 years ago I didn'tknow anything about this problem," the archbishop recently said. "Weknew there were some moral lapses, but we treated them as, you go on aretreat, you come back and maybe go on a different assignment." As ofearly June, the archdiocese faced more than 100 lawsuits, several ofwhich name Father Miller. Among the specific allegations against him:that he masturbated in a confessional while an 8-year-old boy describedbeing sexually abused by a stranger. That accuser, now an adult, saidthe priest also asked him whether he had been aroused during theassault.
Hehas been accused in a lawsuit of failing to act after learning in themid- to late 1990s that a suspended pedophile priest was continuing tosocialize with boys at a church and a Catholic school. Therapists hadwarned the diocese in writing that the Rev. Edward McKeown should bekept away from adolescents. Father McKeown gained temporary custody ofa troubled teen in the late 1990s, then later was charged with rapinghim and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Bishop Kmiec has acknowledgedgiving parishioners a "misleading" statement about how many times hispredecessor was warned about the priest before suspending him. Thebishop's spokesman has also insisted that, over the years, the diocesehas done its best to deal with Father McKeown.
Hisrecord of protecting pedophile priests - in Boston and his previousdiocese in Missouri - has made headlines around the world in recentmonths, fueling numerous lawsuits and demands for his resignation. Inthe 1990s, Cardinal Law and his aides helped the Rev. Paul Shanley getjobs in other dioceses despite psychiatric advice that he was dangerousand reports that he had publicly advocated sex between men and boys.Church officials in New York and California say the Boston archdiocesewithheld this information from them. Cardinal Law also repeatedlyreassigned the Rev. John Geoghan through many years of molestationcomplaints, letting him work until the early 1990s. Mr. Geoghan hassince been convicted on molestation charges and sent to prison. FatherShanley is under indictment and has pleaded not guilty. In 1998, afterdefrocking Mr. Geoghan, Cardinal Law reassigned the Rev. Ronald H.Paquin to a hospital chaplain job. At that point, according todocuments obtained by The Boston Globe, the archdiocese alreadyknew of more than a dozen complaints from boys who accused the priestof molestation and rape - and had reached financial settlements withsome of them. Father Paquin has been suspended and indicted; he haspleaded not guilty. One priest who assisted in his reassignment was theRev. C. Melvin Surette - who had been removed from a parish in themid-1990s after the diocese settled several cases that alleged that heand yet another priest abused boys in a ministry for troubled teens.Earlier, as the bishop leading the Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo.,diocese, Cardinal Law transferred an accused priest to several parishesin the early 1980s after misconduct complaints arose (see more underthat diocese's listing). And before he was in Missouri, the cardinalwas a high-ranking priest in the Diocese of Jackson, Miss. - and therehe also helped two priests stay in parish jobs after abuse accusations,according to his recent deposition testimony. One was George Broussard,whom a witness has identified as a close friend of Cardinal Law sincethe two attended seminary together in Ohio. Mr. Broussard has left thepriesthood and declined to comment.
Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo.BISHOP JOHN LEIBRECHT
Whenthe diocese received a letter in alleging that the Rev. Amel Shibleyhad molested a boy in the 1980s, the priest admitted it was true.Bishop Leibrecht let him stay on. But when a second letter levyingcharges against Father Shibley arrived in 1995, the priest was asked tostep down. Two years later, however, Bishop Leibrecht offered thepriest part-time work. The arrangement lasted until March, when BishopLeibrecht changed the diocese's approach to claims of sexual abuse byclergy. He again dismissed Father Shibley to "make sure everybodyunderstands how serious we are taking this." The bishop has alsoemployed another priest, the Rev. Leonard Chambers, who was accused inthe 1980s of abuse. The man leading the diocese at that time - CardinalBernard Law, who is now in Boston - sent Father Chambers to treatmentand then assigned him to two parishes. When Bishop Leibrecht took overin 1984, he kept Father Chambers with conditions. In 1998, the priestwas found alone with a minor, and Bishop Leibrecht sought hisretirement. The bishop said the incident didn't involve sexualmisconduct.
TheRev. John Conley told diocese officials and authorities nearly fiveyears ago that he had walked in on a colleague straddling a kneeling15-year-old altar boy in a dark rectory room. A few months later,Father Conley was placed on administrative leave. He has filed alawsuit that accuses Archbishop Levada of retaliating against him forreporting the other priest, the Rev. James Aylward, to police. Thearchdiocese has denied any wrongdoing, and Father Aylward described theNovember 1997 incident as "horseplay and wrestling." During a meetingwith Archbishop Levada in late 1997, Father Conley, a former federalprosecutor, tried to record a conversation as directed by his lawyer.But the archbishop refused and, when Father Conley persisted, accusedhim of insubordination. Father Conley was then put on leave, a move thechurch said was unrelated. He remains on leave. As for Father Aylward,police said they could not find sufficient evidence for charges, and achurch inquiry ruled his behavior inappropriate but not sexual. FatherAylward continued to deny wrongdoing until 2000, when he admittedduring a deposition to a history of touching boys, including wrestlingwith them for sexual pleasure. After the deposition, Father Aylward wasplaced on leave from his parish job, and later that year, thearchdiocese paid a plaintiff $750,000.
UntilApril, he allowed two priests to work despite long-standing molestationallegations. The Rev. Stanley Koziol and the Rev. Gregory Smith bothacknowledged misconduct. The two priests were among seven who hired anattorney in the mid-1990s, before Bishop Lori came to town, andprevented plaintiffs' attorneys from obtaining their personnel files.Three of the seven remained on the job this spring and have never beenpublicly identified, The Hartford Courant reported. "The evilof sexual abuse of minors calls for a radically new approach," BishopLori said recently. He is a member of the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops abuse committee.
Springfield, Ill.BISHOP GEORGE LUCASHehas allowed his predecessor, Bishop Daniel Ryan, to celebrate Mass andpreside at funerals, despite accusations of sex with teenage boyprostitutes and priests that preceded his early retirement in 1999. Aformer altar boy has filed a lawsuit alleging that such activitycreated an atmosphere of tolerance for the child molestation hesuffered at the hands of the Rev. Alvin Campbell, who served severalyears in prison for abuse. Bishop Ryan has denied any sexualmisconduct. Bishop Lucas recently wrote that he knew of no credibleevidence of abuse by any active clergy in the Springfield Diocese.
Thisspring, as police hunted for the Rev. Robert Schaeufele, the bishoprefused to give prosecutors information about church officials' recentquestioning of the priest. Father Schaeufele resigned from a parish inApril and moved out of state after the diocese confronted him withabuse allegations. Officers found him in Michigan and charged him withsexually battering two 11-year-old boys in the 1980s. A diocesanattorney has said Father Schaeufele admitted he "crossed boundaries"with minors. Last year, the diocese paid $100,000 to its formerspokesman to settle claims that Bishop Lynch had sexually harassed him.The bishop characterized the payment as a severance package. The formerspokesman, Bill Urbanski, said he initially appreciated Bishop Lynch'slavish gifts - stereos, cameras, upscale clothes. But he began to feelincreasingly uncomfortable when Bishop Lynch would touch and massagehim, or would walk around naked in their hotel room during trips.Bishop Lynch described the matter as a misunderstanding: "I did notintend anything. We were close friends." A diocesan investigation, ledby three close Lynch aides, found no evidence to back Mr. Urbanski'sallegations of advances. Mr. Urbanski said investigators neverinterviewed him.
Morethan 30 current and former archdiocesan priests are under criminalinvestigation, and the district attorney has said he would callCardinal Mahony before a grand jury unless he divulges his files onthem; he has vowed to cooperate. One of the cases involves the Rev.Michael Stephen Baker, who admitted to the cardinal in 1986 that he hadmolested boys but was kept on the job, in several parishes, until 2000.The cardinal later approved a confidential $1.3 million settlement withtwo of Father Baker's victims who say they were abused as recently as1999. "I offer my sincere, personal apologies for my failure to takefirm and decisive action much earlier," Cardinal Mahony recently wroteto the priests he supervises. Father Baker is accused of molestingboys, some as young as 5, from 1976 to 1999. In another case, thearchdiocese let the Rev. G. Neville Rucker remain in the ministry untilthis year despite abuse allegations that first surfaced 35 years agoand led to an out-of-court settlement of a 1993 lawsuit. FatherRucker's alleged victims included 9-year-old girls; he has deniedwrongdoing. In the early 1980s, when he was bishop of Stockton, Calif.,Cardinal Mahony moved the Rev. Oliver O'Grady to various parishes.During a civil trial, the cardinal said he didn't know about FatherO'Grady's abuse, but his testimony was contradicted by a psychiatristhe had hired to evaluate the priest. Father O'Grady was later sent toprison, and Cardinal Mahony's dealings with him have become the subjectof a federal racketeering lawsuit.
Thisyear, the archdiocese gave local prosecutors the names of 51 clericsaccused of abuse over the years and disclosed that four, whom it wouldnot identify, remained on the job. Prosecutor Carl Marlinga of MacombCounty, in suburban Detroit, said that keeping the priests active letthe church and clerics "benefit from the cover-up they've engaged infor so long." Cardinal Maida's spokesman said an internal reviewdetermined that the allegations weren't credible and that none of thefour was working in Macomb County, so "it shouldn't be a concern to theMacomb County prosecutor." Two other priests, whose conduct had led tosecret cash settlements, remained at work until this spring. The Rev.Walter Lezuchowski, for example, was barred from working in churchesafter the archdiocese concluded in the early 1990s that he had abused agirl. In early May, Cardinal Maida's spokesmen said he was still onrestricted duty, then acknowledged the next day that Father Lezuchowskihad been serving at a church for the last five years. The spokesmensaid they couldn't explain the situation. Father Lezuchowski has sincebeen removed from ministry after prosecutors said they had received acriminal complaint against him, alleging abuse that occurred before hewas sent to treatment in the early 1990s. In March, before thecontroversies arose, Cardinal Maida acknowledged that "some priests -even bishops - have betrayed the trust of the people." He added: "Iapologize for their mistakes."
In1986, as a high-ranking personnel administrator for the Archdiocese ofNew York, he encouraged a colleague who had been treated for pedophiliaand barred from working with children to seek a promotion. "The futureis bright with promise," he wrote to the Rev. Edward Pipala, who got tolead his own parish two years later. Mr. Pipala has since served sevenyears in prison for molestation and no longer works as a priest. InBuffalo, Bishop Mansell has refused to identify accused priests topolice. State law doesn't require him to do so, and the bishop saidthat divulging names could chill efforts to uncover wrongdoing byclergy.
Washington, D.C., District of ColumbiaCARDINAL THEODORE McCARRICK
Asbishop of the Metuchen, N.J., diocese in 1985, he accepted the Rev.Eugene O'Sullivan's transfer from Boston - even though he knew thepriest had pleaded guilty to raping an altar boy in 1984. FatherO'Sullivan had been sentenced to five years' probation and ordered notto have contact with young people. His first assignment in New Jerseywas to a parish with an elementary school. During his seven years inMetuchen, Father O'Sullivan was transferred to other churches in whichhe continued to serve around children, including a youth group, butparishioners weren't told of his background. The priest was called backto Boston in 1992 and directed to stop his ministry. A year later, whenCardinal McCarrick was questioned about Father O'Sullivan, heacknowledged he was aware of the priest's background. In agreeing totake Father O'Sullivan, Cardinal McCarrick said, he had receivedassurances from Boston and a treatment center that the priest wasrehabilitated and was told there were no work restrictions on him. Thecardinal has said he would not agree to accept such a priest again.
Amongthe former aides to Boston Cardinal Bernard Law who have been promotedto top leadership positions elsewhere, Bishop McCormack has faced someof the harshest criticism. Documents obtained in civil lawsuits showthat he let the Rev. Paul Shanley keep working in a parish after a 1985complaint that the priest had endorsed man-boy sex in a speech, askingFather Shanley only if he cared to comment on the allegation. Thebishop recently said he didn't know of any misconduct with a minor byFather Shanley until 1993 - but the archdiocese had settled an abuselawsuit that named the priest in 1991, and Bishop McCormack had writtento a colleague that same year "that Paul Shanley is a sick person" whoshouldn't be allowed to return to Boston from California. FatherShanley was recently charged with raping a young boy and has pleadednot guilty. New allegations about Bishop McCormack's handling of abuseallegations have emerged in litigation - including that as a priest inthe late 1960s he did nothing after seeing the late Rev. JosephBirmingham take a boy into a rectory bedroom and hearing complaintsabout similar behavior from several women. Bishop McCormack has deniedthose allegations and added that, in dealing with Father Shanley, hewas "firm while still at the same time kind." In early June, the BostonHerald reported that the bishop had ignored his top Boston aide'surgings that he notify parishes about priests who had been removedbecause of abuse allegations. Bishop McCormack recently stepped down ashead of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops abuse committee butremains a member of the panel.
Thebishop let two priests work despite their criminal convictions forsexual abuse of children - until this spring. The Rev. Leonel Noia wasa pastor at a parish with a school until he recently went on asabbatical. In 1976, two brothers, ages 12 and 14, testified thatFather Noia had shown them X-rated magazines while on a camping tripthat year, offered them a drug that can enhance sexual sensations andmolested them on subsequent nights. He also performed oral sex on theoldest. After two nights, the brothers sought help from other campers,who called sheriff's deputies. Father Noia, who was arrested afterpolice found the drug and magazines in his truck, pleaded no contest toa felony in 1976 and was sentenced to six months in jail. He blamed theepisode on being drunk. After attending treatment and serving part ofhis probation, he was reassigned to a parish. Three years later, he wona court petition to clear his record. "I have lived in a faithful anddignified manner for 26 years," he told the San Jose Mercury News inMay. The second priest, the Rev. Robert A. Gray, pleaded no contestafter one of his karate students complained to police in 1993 that thepriest had massaged him in the nude. Investigators found other studentswho said they were also fondled. Father Gray was sentenced to 160 daysin jail and underwent treatment. Upon his return, he was given anadministrative job at diocesan offices. He was also permitted tocelebrate Mass at two parishes and preside at weddings until this spring
Hesaid in early June that he had kept priests on the job after theyadmitted sexually abusing children and got treatment. Bishop McRaith,who has been in office since 1982, would not name the priests and wouldsay only that they were in "specialized ministries" and had no contactwith children. He could not elaborate, he said, because of confidentialsettlements reached with victims. The diocese did not notify police,the bishop said. Since 1988, state law has required reporting of childabuse; Bishop McRaith did not say when he had learned of incidents. "Imay well have, or should have, reported them," he told the EvansvilleCourier & Press. "At the time, I didn't even think to report them."
In1998, Bishop J. Keith Symons resigned as head of the Diocese of PalmBeach, Fla., after admitting that he'd molested several altar boysearly in his career (see more under the Trenton, N.J., Dioceselisting). A year later, he returned to the ministry in Michigan, withapproval from Bishop Mengeling and the Vatican. Bishop Mengeling gavehim "permission to lead spiritual retreats for adults who seek to knowand love God," a spokesman told a reporter in 1999.
Great Falls-Billings, Mont.BISHOP ANTHONY MILONEWhenthe Rev. John Houlihan was accused two years ago of sexually harassingand discriminating against a priest under his supervision, BishopMilone said the allegations were not credible and left him on the job.Another priest had made a sexual assault allegation against FatherHoulihan in 1994, but the bishop said that alleged victim had refusedto talk. However, Gene Jarussi, a Billings lawyer who has representedboth accusers, said the first claim "was settled on its merits" for aconfidential sum. His current client, the Rev. Anandan Elangovan, has afederal lawsuit pending against the diocese and Father Houlihan, whodeny wrongdoing. A state human rights investigator has dismissed acomplaint from Father Elangovan, who was himself accused of sexuallyharassing a female parishioner.
Tucson, Ariz.BISHOP MANUEL MORENOLawsuitsfiled in recent years by nearly a dozen people have alleged that BishopMoreno failed to act on complaints against at least four priestsaccused of sex abuse. One suit, involving the Rev. Robert Trupia,accused Bishop Moreno of keeping the priest on the job with young boys,trying to discourage whistle-blowers and shielding him from policeinvestigators. Bishop Moreno has denied that he or his staff covered upfor any priest, although after settling several suits this year heacknowledged that "there have been failings in the past." In FatherTrupia's case, the bishop had known of allegations against the priestfor years, but did not investigate until he was directed to do so in1992 by an out-of-state archbishop who had been contacted by a victim'smother. According to court records, Father Trupia initiallyacknowledged molestation to Bishop Moreno in April 1992, called himselfa "loose cannon" and said he was "unfit for the priesthood." But thepriest also threatened to reveal sexual relationships he said he'd hadwith other high-ranking church officials, if Bishop Moreno disclosedhis admissions and didn't allow him to retire. The bishop suspendedFather Trupia and ordered treatment. During the next few years, BishopMoreno told victims' families that Father Trupia had denied theallegations. More recently, the bishop changed his deposition testimonyto deny that the priest admitted abuse or made threats. According tocourt records, the diocese refused to cooperate with police - firstfrom Tucson, then from Yuma - when they tried to investigate thepriest. The priest was arrested in late 2000, but prosecutors decidedthe charges were too old to prosecute. The priest has maintained hisinnocence. In a separate case, Bishop Moreno has approved work forBishop Patrick Ziemann, who resigned in 1999 as head of the Diocese ofSanta Rosa, Calif., after accusations that he coerced a priest intohaving sex. He found a new home at a monastery in southern Arizona,working with young priest candidates and counseling other people. Alawsuit against Bishop Ziemann was settled in 2000 for more than$500,000.
Hehas allowed three priests to have a role in ministry despite pastsex-abuse accusations and, in two cases, financial settlements. Afterarriving in the mid-1990s, Bishop Moynihan let a retired monsignor, theRev. Charles Sewall, teach part-time at a Catholic school - althoughthe diocese had settled in 1988 a complaint that he abused a boy whileserving as a school principal decades earlier. After the out-of-courtsettlement, Monsignor Sewall underwent treatment but remained a pastorand an administrator until he retired, then continued to teach some.When the case resurfaced this year, Monsignor Sewall admitted to themolestation. The victim, Lincoln Franchell, who is now an adult, hassaid he is among the three men who recently filed a lawsuit againstMonsignor Sewall. The diocese is also named as a defendant. The menallege that the abuse happened on school grounds in the 1970s and 1980sand that Monsignor Sewall offered them money in exchange for silence.In a separate case, police have charged a teenage boy who recantedclaims that Monsignor Sewall recently abused him. Although diocesesacross the country have drafted new guidelines to tell authoritiesabout allegations, Bishop Moynihan's recently updated policy doesn'trequire such notification.
Hesuspended the Rev. Normand Demers in March - but the diocese had knownabout sexual misconduct allegations against the priest since 1989, whenboys complained at a Haitian orphanage he helped establish. They saidhe touched them inappropriately and brought them to his bedroom, one ata time, to disrobe in front of him while trying on clothing. FatherDemers, who denied wrongdoing, was forced to resign and left Haiti toavoid prosecution, a former orphanage official told The ProvidenceJournal-Bulletin. He came back to the Diocese of Providence and workedunder Bishop Mulvee for seven years, since the diocesan leader came totown. He was removed this year after being accused of abusing a boylong ago while working as a hospital chaplain long. The bishopannounced a "zero tolerance" policy early this year, shortly aftersuspending a priest charged with assaulting a 16-year-old boyrepeatedly in 2001. That cleric, the Rev. Daniel Azzarone Jr., had beenkept on the job despite allegations made in 1985 and the late 1990s;the diocese said it couldn't substantiate those claims. Bishop Mulvee,who wasn't in Providence in 1985, said his staff didn't tell him aboutthe late-1990s accusation.
Heemploys and has expressed strong support for the Rev. Thomas DeVita,who has admitted sexual misconduct with a boy. Father DeVita has saidhe had a few consensual encounters with a 16-year-old parishioner in1978, when he worked on Long Island, N.Y., for the Diocese of RockvilleCentre. The accuser's family has said the sex started earlier, lastedlonger and was coerced. Father DeVita also has denied asexual-misconduct allegation made by an adult in 1995, after he'd beentransferred to the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., and before he came toKalamazoo.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin IslandsBISHOP GEORGE MURRY
Despitethe Rev. John Calicott's admission that he engaged in sexual misconductwith two teenage boys in the mid-1970s, the Chicago archdiocesereinstated him in 1995 - contrary to its policy against letting knownabusers work. Bishop Murry, then an auxiliary to the late CardinalJoseph Bernardin, was supervising the archdiocesan region where FatherCalicott was stationed. And he led Father Calicott's reinstatementceremony. Bishop Murry said at the time that church members had assuredhim that they wanted Father Calicott returned to their parish. Afterthe victims had come forward in 1994 and an archdiocesean review panelrecommended removal, Father Calicott was placed on leave and sent totreatment. Evaluations prepared during his treatment concluded that hewasn't a sexual predator, clearing the way for his reinstatement. Uponhis return, Father Calicott described himself as "angry" that thechurch removed him and put him through "rigorous" counseling. Thearchdiocese did order that a monitor be present whenever he had contactwith children, which today includes his work as a Boy Scout master anda grammar school teacher.
Alongtime diocesan manager, he has been the acting bishop since hisformer boss, Bishop Anthony O'Connell, resigned in March afteradmitting he abused a seminary student years ago. Parishioners havecomplained about Father Murtagh getting the temporary appointment,saying that he played a key part in past administrations that protectedabusive priests. As interim leader during a previous diocesanleadership transition in the early 1990s, Father Murtagh reassigned apriest who had been accused for years of sexually harassing women andhad been the subject of at least one secret settlement. The Rev. FrankFlynn was later accused of sexually abusing a woman who came to him forcounseling, and he transferred to Ireland. Father Murtagh has describedthe priest's accusers as women who had been in "consensualrelationships gone sour." This spring, a woman accused Father Flynn ofmolesting her in the late 1970s and early 1980, beginning she was 12years old. The priest denied her allegations; police are investigating.One prominent church fund-raiser has called on Father Murtagh to resignbecause of the Flynn matter and that of the Rev. William White. FatherWhite was allowed to teach at a South Florida seminary and help out atparishes for more than four years after church officials in New York,in 1997, reached a settlement with one of his former students, whom headmitted molesting. The acting bishop has defended the diocese'shandling of both priests.
Newark, N.J.ARCHBISHOP JOHN MYERSDuringhis time as leader of the Diocese of Peoria, Ill. - which he left lastyear - at least one priest was accused of sexual abuse and reassigned.A Peoria diocesan spokeswoman said the Rev. John Anderson was firstaccused of abuse in 1993 and removed from a parish. The archbishop, whowas recently appointed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops abusecommittee, said he had no knowledge of the matter. Father Anderson, whoserved until recently as director of the diocesan office forPropagation of the Faith, has not commented publicly. He was amongseven priests suspended in May by the Peoria Diocese. After thosesuspensions, accusers of a previously suspended Peoria priest said thatArchbishop Myers had not responded to their complaints in the early1990s until, after months of frustration, they talked to a localnewspaper. And then-Bishop Myers later moved to reinstate the Rev.Francis Engels, then backed off when alleged victims complained. "Ididn't realize they would be so upset," the archbishop recently said.
Venice, Fla.BISHOP JOHN NEVINSDespitenumerous complaints about the Rev. Ed McLoughlin's "touchy-feely"nature, a doctor's directive that he stop working near children andseveral treatment stays, the longtime bishop kept the priest at work. Alawsuit alleged that Bishop Nevins ignored the warnings until 1996,when a former altar boy's lawyer approached the diocese about sexualassaults. The bishop then suspended Father McLoughlin from his job at aparish with a school and later paid $500,000 to settle the case. Theboy, in his early teens at the time, said he first turned to FatherMcLoughlin in 1992 after a church choir director had repeatedlyassaulted him. Father McLoughlin told the boy that he needed punishmentand spanked him, starting years of molestation. In 1993, a year afterthe abuse began, an Atlanta doctor cautioned the diocese that "it wouldbe inappropriate" for the priest to work near children, yet he stayedon duty. Father McLoughlin's personnel file also included complaintsfrom parents, his co-workers and children about his inappropriatetouching since the mid-1980s, when Bishop Nevins took over.
Hehas a 20-year record of sheltering priests accused of abuse but haslargely remained out of the national spotlight. Criminal investigatorssay he has been uncooperative - and a district attorney recently openeda preliminary inquiry into the diocese's handling of sex-abuseallegations. Since the mid-1980s, at least four Phoenix priests haveserved jail time in connection with molesting children. The bishop hasadvocated lighter sentences and let one priest work after he wassentenced to probation. When the most recent abuse case surfaced thisyear, Bishop O'Brien criticized the Phoenix press for reporting a 1999psychological evaluation that said the Rev. Patrick Colleary's "historywill be repeated in some way" and that he shouldn't "work with minorsor women." Bishop O'Brien kept Father Colleary active until May despiteknowing of six complaints - including that he raped and impregnated ayoung woman and that he fondled an altar boy. Father Colleary, who hasreceived therapy, denied most of the wrongdoings and said hisrelationship with the woman was consensual. In the case of the Rev.Joseph M. Lessard, Bishop O'Brien dismissed previous complaints andassigned him to a teaching job. Father Lessard was later accused ofperforming oral sex on a 13-year-old in the boy's room while hisparents were down the hallway. When police investigated in themid-1980s, Bishop O'Brien refused to tell them about a confession thepriest made to him, according to court records. Father Lessardeventually admitted the molestation and was put on probation. Aftertreatment, he transferred to the Midwest as a hospital chaplain. Thediocese denied knowing his exact location not long after he left.
Policesay that Bishop Pena and his staff didn't help them find a priest whovanished last summer during their investigation into allegations thatthe priest had raped a 16-year-old mentally disabled incest victim."It's been like hitting a brick wall," Lt. Guadalupe Salinas recentlytold The Brownsville Herald. "Church officials referred us totheir legal counsel. That didn't help anything." The Rev. BasilChukwuma Onyia, who is from Nigeria, is the target of an arrestwarrant. A lawsuit filed in connection with the case alleges that thediocese has and continues "to cover up the incidents of priest sexualabuse of minors and prevent disclosure, prosecution and civillitigation." Through his attorneys, Bishop Pena has denied wrongdoing.The lawyers have responded to the civil suit by saying that the courtsystem has no jurisdiction over a church.The bishop also said in apublished letter that the diocese has documentation showing that itcooperated with police.
San Angelo, TexasBISHOP MICHAEL PFEIFERChurchdocuments now emerging in civil litigation show that the diocese letseminary candidate Agusti Huerres come to Texas from Spain in 1999without getting what the bishop once called "the most importantdocument" - a recommendation from the religious order he had left thereor an explanation for his departure. Mr. Huerres began living andworking at a San Angelo parish, where he was accused in 2000 of pullingdown a teenage boy's pants, touching his buttocks and taking hisunderwear. The boy's family promptly went to the diocese and police,then agreed not to press charges after being summoned to a meeting witha prosecutor and Bishop Pfeifer's representatives. The representativessent Mr. Huerres back to Spain immediately. Church officials' notes saythat Mr. Huerres admitted the misconduct to them - "He said he had'lost control,' that his 'wires were crossed.' " The bishop has deniedthe family's allegation of negligence. In early June, another of hispriests was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a girl in thelate 1980s and early 1990s. The Rev. Miguel Esquivel was removed fromministry this spring after the accuser went to Bishop Pfeifer. Herattorney said that the diocese, which Bishop Pfeifer has headed since1985, got other complaints about Father Esquivel about a decade ago butallowed him to keep working. Bishop Pfeifer acknowledged that severalwomen had complained of sexual harassment and that he sent the priestinto treatment, on to another parish and ultimately to his most recentassignment as a prison chaplain in New Mexico.
InMarch, he said that a few accused priests were on the job but notworking with children; he wouldn't identify them or give other details.A county grand jury then began investigating, and the district attorneyaccused the archdiocese of censoring records he had subpoenaed.Archbishop Pilarczyk's attorney denied the accusation. Recently, thearchbishop acknowledged that three of the accused men were working inparishes - supervised by people "who know about the offender'scondition," he said - and that a fourth was working at the Vatican.Documents that recently surfaced in civil litigation, meanwhile, showthat the archbishop helped a pedophile priest keep working in differentposts for nearly 20 years. The Rev. George Cooley was first accused ofmisconduct in 1971 at a seminary where he was a student and ArchbishopPilarczyk was rector. The accuser, like others after him, complainedalmost immediately to top church officials. Mr. Cooley has since serveda short jail term and been defrocked.
Heand his aides have long been accused of covering up for abusivepriests. They kept Rev. Gary Berthiaume in a parish for most of the1980s, for example, without telling the congregation about his priormolestation conviction in the Archdiocese of Detroit. A priest assignedto monitor him, the Rev. Allen Bruening, himself previously had beenremoved from a parish because of abuse allegations and made director ofa Catholic high school. Father Bruening was accused of misconduct againin the mid-1980s and ended up in Texas, where he became one of theAmarillo diocese's top administrators before being removed fromministry about 10 years ago. Father Berthiaume was also transferredagain, to the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., where he recently lost his jobas a hospital chaplain. Last year, he and Father Bruening were accusedin a lawsuit of repeatedly ganging up on one boy in a shower in the1980s in Cleveland. One of Bishop Pilla's longtime top aides, AuxiliaryBishop A. James Quinn, advised a group of church lawyers in a speech 12years ago to remove some documents from priests' personnel files. "Ifthere's something you really don't want people to see, you might sendit off to the apostolic delegate [the Vatican embassy in Washington],because they have immunity," said Bishop Quinn, who is also a lawyer.Some plaintiffs' attorneys have since named him in lawsuits that accusetop Catholic leaders of racketeering. Bishop Quinn has said his speechwas not about sexual abuse or any other crime. He serves on the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops' abuse committee and, like all auxiliarybishops, is a voting member of the conference. In late May, BishopPilla announced that any priests who abuse children in the future willbe permanently barred from ministry in his diocese. But it wasn't clearwhat would happen to several clerics who have been suspended because ofpast allegations.
Inan Easter letter to parishioners, he said that priests applying to thediocese are screened and that he "does not and will not tolerate sexualabuse of children." The bishop also said that the diocese, in itsnearly 20-year history, had not faced any abuse suits. By late April,however, the diocese acknowledged that Bishop Ramirez had let anadmitted molester, the Rev. David Bentley, serve in a parish since2000. Father Bentley's home diocese of Albany, N.Y. (see more underthat listing), had paid $70,000 in 1997 to a man who said the priestabused him and his siblings at a children's home in the 1970s. FatherBentley was recently suspended and recalled to Albany. Bishop Ramirezhas said that criticisms of his letter "are well-taken because we couldhave been clearer."
Morethan 30 sex-abuse lawsuits have been filed in recent years allegingthat he and other administrators took part in covering for accusedpriests during his tenures at three New England dioceses. BishopReilly, who also worked in Providence, R.I., and Norwich, Conn., hasdenied involvement in decisions to transfer clerics. He kept the Rev.Peter Inzerillo of Worcester active despite allegations of sexualmisconduct with a young priest candidate in the mid-1980s. The man saidthe misconduct happened when he was 19 during counseling sessions withFather Inzerillo. He said he had confided to Father Inzerillo thatanother priest had abused him when he was 13. Father Inzerillo deniedthe allegation, but after a lawsuit was filed in 1994 the bishop at thetime placed him on leave. Years later, Bishop Reilly settled the casefor $300,000 and reinstated the priest at a church. Bishop Reillycontinued to express support for Father Inzerillo and let him workuntil March. When parishioners demanded the priest's removal, BishopReilly relented and put Father Inzerillo on leave again.
Asthe Boston abuse scandal brought pressure on dioceses nationwide, hedecided to remove two priests he had previously kept active. One wasthe Rev. Joseph D. Ross, who pleaded guilty in 1988 to sexually abusingan 11-year-old boy during a confession. Archbishop Rigali, however, hasnot dismissed three other accused clerics, two of whom have jobs nearchildren. One, the Rev. Leroy Valentine, was working at a parish nextto a school; four years ago the church secretly settled claims that hemolested three brothers in their own home. The mother of the boys, whoare now adults, said she went to St. Louis police in 1982. But theytold her to work out the matter with the archdiocese. This year, thearchdiocese issued a statement expressing continued support of FatherValentine. Weeks later, he quit as allegations surfaced that heassaulted an 8-year-old altar boy during a 1978 confession. The boy,now grown, said he was molested during the first time he received thesacrament of confession.
Asa high-ranking priest in New Orleans in the late 1990s, he defended thearchdiocese's failure to tell police about a molestation allegationagainst Catholic schoolteacher Brian Matherne (see more under theAustin Diocese listing). Mr. Matherne stayed on the job and abused more%0

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