MN--Priest in Duluth admits abuse; Bishop still pays him
For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
A priest living in northern Minnesota and who’s still being paid by Catholic officials has basically admitted sexually abusing kids in Guam. We urge Duluth church employees – from bookkeepers to bishops – to aggressively seek out others who may have be hurt by this child molesting cleric.
Fr. Louis Brouillard worked at churches in Beroun, Keewatin and Kelly Lake (all in Minnesota). He lives in Pine City now but was suspended from active ministry decades ago in Minnesota. So he’s had ample time and opportunity to assault more kids.
A bishop needs no particular reason to use his vast resources – parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to reach out to adults wounded as kids by predator priests. But when a predator is still living, still getting church funds and essentially admits his crimes, those facts should especially prod bishops to act.
We call on Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba and other current and former church staff and members to launch this outreach effort.
No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Former Guam priest says 'it’s possible' he abused altar boys
Accuser recalls alleged molestation by Catholic priest
Haidee V Eugenio, Pacific Daily News 12:40 a.m. ChST August 5, 2016
Guam church still funds priest removed from ministry 31 years ago for sex abuse
A former Guam priest who was publicly accused during a Legislature hearing this week as having molested an altar boy in the 1950s said Thursday “it’s possible” he abused altar boys on island and he’s asking for forgiveness from those he may have hurt.
Father Louis Brouillard, now 95, was removed from . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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