"Twice convicted & put back on the job"

"Twice convicted & put back on the job"

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.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/criminal/Rogge_Norman_J_1967.pdf  

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).

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  • commented 2014-05-18 12:48:01 -0500
    It’s hard, not to get angry all over again. Each time I read of a pedophile priest succeeding in his chosen prediliction, after having been arrested and convicted (and, in this case not once, but twice)…I almost can’t stand it that the catholic church as it is known, continues to be allowed to exist in this country. How long will it take before all of the world of civilized, decent people know that pedophiles cannot be “rehabilitated” and are, in fact public enemies?