Five years ago, Fr. Norman Rogge died.
This week, BishopAccountability.org posted his work history. Please read just these two sentences about Rogge and let them sink in:
Rogge was convicted twice for the sexual abuse of boys in Florida - in 1967 and again in 1985. He received probation both times and was allowed to continue in ministry.
I knew and loved one of Rogge's victims - Bob Swart of St. Louis, as kind, compassionate and cheerful a person as you could ever hope to meet. He was a long time SNAP member who, for a decade, came to almost every event we did, whether a support group meeting or a news conference.
A dedicated advocate for the mentally ill, Bob enhanced many people's lives. Who knows how many lives Rogge devastated?
NOTE - Rogge worked in these towns: St. Marys KS, Pomfret CA, Dallas TX, Tampa FL, Mobile AL, Berkeley CA, New Orleans and six other Louisiana towns (Grand Coteau, Bellvue, Campti, Trichel, Black Lake, Montgomery).