Vs. Catholic Bishops
March 4, 2004
If a grand jury indicts retired Springfield Bishop Thomas
Dupre, he would become the first bishop charged in the sex-abuse
scandal that erupted in the Roman Catholic church two years
There have been at least a dozen grand jury investigations
involving bishops. Four bishops have resigned after being
accused of sexual misconduct, including:
_ Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who asked the Vatican
to speed up his retirement after it was learned that the archdiocese
paid a $450,000 settlement to a man who said Weakland sexually
_ Bishop J. Kendrick Williams of Lexington, Ky., who resigned
after he was accused of abusing two minors decades ago - allegations
_ Bishop Anthony O'Connell of Palm Beach, Fla., who quit
after admitting he repeatedly abused an underage student at
a Missouri seminary he led.
_ Auxiliary Bishop James McCarthy of New York, who stepped
down after admitting to affairs with adult women.
In other cases:
_ In Arizona, investigators said they had enough evidence
to indict Bishop Thomas O'Brien of Phoenix on obstruction
of justice charges for his handling of molestation claims.
But O'Brien avoided criminal charges by signing an agreement
last year that called for him to relinquish some control over
the day-to-day operations of the diocese.
In New Hampshire, Manchester Bishop John McCormack struck
a deal with authorities, acknowledging that the diocese would
have been convicted of failing to protect children if prosecutors
had gone to court.
Compilation of Cases - December 2002