Bishops who have resigned amid church sex
April 16, 2004
Twenty-one Roman Catholic bishops, eleven of them Americans,
have resigned since 1990 in the context of sex scandals.
Thomas Dupre, Springfield, Mass. retired in February
after being accused of molesting two boys in the 1970s.
Thomas Daily, Brooklyn, N.Y. resigned in August 2003
amid allegations he concealed pedophiles in the 1970s and
1980s in Boston.
Thomas O'Brien, Phoenix, Ariz. resigned in June 2003
as prosecutors were set to charge him with obstructing a criminal
investigation of abusive priests. The Vatican accepted his
resignation in June.
Manuel Moreno, Tucson, Ariz. citing health reasons,
resigned in March 2003 after apologizing for mishandling of
Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of Boston, on Friday,
following months of criticism for his mishandling of sex abuse
claims against priests.
Bishop J. Kendrick Williams of Lexington, Ky., on June
11, following allegations he abused two minors and an 18-year-old
decades ago, which Williams denied.
Auxiliary Bishop James McCarthy of New York, on June 11, after
apologizing for affairs with adult women.
Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, following
May 23 news that his archdiocese paid $450,000 to a man claiming
Weakland attempted to sexually assault him. Weakland admitted
an "inappropriate relationship" but denied abuse.
Bishop Anthony O'Connell of Palm Beach, Fla., in March, after
admitting repeated abuse of an underage student at the Missouri
seminary he led. Others filed later suits.
Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann of Santa Rosa, Calif., in
1999, when a priest claimed sexual coercion after Ziemann
learned he had stolen parish funds. Ziemann said their relationship
Bishop J. Keith Symons, O'Connell's predecessor in
Palm Beach, in 1998, after admitting past molestation of five
boys in three parishes.
Archbishop Robert Sanchez of Santa Fe, in 1993, after
confessing relationships with adult women.
The late Archbishop Eugene Marino of Atlanta, in 1990,
upon admitting involvement with a woman parishioner.
Archbishop Edgardo Storni of Argentina, on Oct. 1,
after a book said he abused at least 47 seminarians, though
a 1994 Vatican investigation found insufficient evidence to
act. Storni said his resignation did not signify guilt.
Auxiliary Bishop Franziskus Eisenbach of Germany, in
April, after a woman accused him of sexual abuse and injuries
during an exorcism. The Vatican said resignation was no admission
Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ireland, in April, after
apologizing for not preventing a priest's serial abuse.
Archbishop Juliusz Paetz of Poland, in March, amid
allegations he had sexually harassed several priests, which
Archbishop John Aloysius Ward of Wales, in 2001, after
charges he ignored warnings about two priestly molesters.
Bishop Hansjoerg Vogel of Switzerland, in 1995 after
admitting he had impregnated a woman following his appointment
to the hierarchy the preceding year.
Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, Austria's primate, sent
into exile in 1995 following molestation claims from former
high school boys. Neither Groer nor the Vatican directly admitted
Bishop Hubert O'Connor of British Columbia, Canada,
charged in 1992 and imprisoned in 1996 for sexually assaulting
two teenage girls as principal of a boarding school.
Bishop Eamonn Casey of Ireland, in 1992, upon admitting
he fathered a child and used church offerings to pay the mother
secret child support.
Archbishop Alphonsus Penney of Newfoundland, Canada,
in 1990, after a church commission criticized him for failing
to prevent extensive abuse of orphanage boys.