AP Report: Church Covered Up Sex Abuse Of Dozens Of Iowa Boys

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese has hidden for decades a priest's admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys, a silence that may have put other children in danger, The Associated Press has learned. The Rev. Jerome Coyle, 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but has never been defrocked or publicly identified by the church as a pedophile, even though the Diocese of Sioux City has been aware of his conduct for 32 years.

With diocese assistance, Coyle recently moved into a retirement home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, across the street from a Catholic school attended by hundreds of students.

In 1986, Coyle reported his "history of sexual attraction to and contact with boys" to Sioux City's bishop, revealing that he had victimized 50 youngsters over a 20-year period while serving in several Iowa parishes, according to a private letter written in February by the diocese vicar general and obtained by the AP.

After Coyle's admission, the diocese said without explanation that he was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. Church officials transferred him to a treatment center in New Mexico, the Servants of the Paraclete, where other accused priests nationwide were once commonly sent.

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-11-02 18:14:50 -0500
    An AP report by Nicole Winfield and Jari Tanner on Nov 2, 2018 indicates that “3,677 people were abused by Catholic clergy in Germany from 1946 to 2014”. Our Pope “suggests” it is unfair to apply contemporary moral standards on the church’s past cover-up since everyone did it at the time??? and “you also covered them up at home: when your uncle raped the niece, when the father raped his children. It was covered-up because it was too shameful”.

    I’m certainly not an expert at all in theology; I’m a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor. Odds are high Jesus would add that one youth abused is way too many!
    No wonder that many like myself are so outraged and , like me, divorced the Church.
    Rich, MSW
  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-10-31 16:42:26 -0500
    I live in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, PA and have divorced the Church that continues to behave like a Global Corporation. In the Grand Jury report 46 of the pedophiles are clergy; and the decades old cover-up was assisted by some in the legal and legal justice system. I know 6 men who as youth were repeatedly sexually assaulted. I now am a clinical advocate in my community. This issue is a world-wide one. Our Diocese is now “cooperating” in response to the federal subpoena. There is much more to come of this.
    Rich, MSW

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