Deceased SD bishop accused of abuse; Church officials must do more
A now-deceased Rapid City bishop has been accused of molesting a Minnesota child, Catholic officials recently acknowledged.
St. Cloud MN Bishop Donald Kettler said that Bishop Harold Dimmerling has been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor while a priest in the Diocese of Saint Cloud. The allegation has been reported to law enforcement.
SNAP hopes others who may have been hurt by this deceased prelate will come forward to independent sources of healing, such as therapists, loved ones, and support groups like ours.
Bishop Kettler has said that he will hold listening sessions in the near future in areas of the diocese where Bishop Dimmerling worked. We also encourage current Rapid City Bishop Robert Gruss to aggressively reach out to those who may be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame. He and his staff should use parish bulletins, pulpit announcements, church websites and other resources to seek out and help anyone who might have been hurt by the accused hierarch. Bishop Gruss should also closely reexamine all the abuse allegations handled by his predessor.
Bishop Dimmerling was ordained in 1940 in the Diocese of Altoona, Pennsylvania but started working in Saint Cloud that same year.
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
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