The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Against U.S. Bishops, Since 1993
Fifth Man Sues
Retired Bishop for Sex Abuse
By Dennis Coday
Kansas City, Mo. - A fifth person who claims he was
abused as a boy by Joseph Hart, the retired bishop of Cheyenne, Wyo.,
filed suit against Hart Aug. 24 in Kansas City, Mo., where Hart served
as a priest and where the abuse allegedly took place in the 1970s
Pedo-Homo Priests and Bishops Form Mahony's Network
New Times L.A. by Ron Russell
By Dawn Fallik
Albany bishop faces abuse allegations: Hubbard
denies charges some call questionable; diocese hires investigator
National Catholic Reporter, by Ed Griffin-Nolan
A pair of ghosts and a former prostitute have
made charges of sexual improprieties against Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard,
and in the current climate of sensitivity to clergy sex abuse, this has
been enough to keep the 65-year-old bishop in the center of media attention
he'd rather avoid.
Palm Beach bishop admits sex abuse.
National Catholic Reporter; Gross, Judy
With the admission of a Florida bishop that he had sexually abused five boys earlier in his career, the persistent clergy sex abuse scandal has broken into the ranks of U.S. bishops, prompting a prominent expert on celibacy to say it is only a matter of time before Catholics demand reform in the clerical system.
A.W. Richard Sipe, author of Sex, Priests and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis, called the June 2 resignation of Bishop J. Keith Symons of Palm Beach, Fla., after an accuser came forward, "another crack in the Vatican wall."
Sanchez asks pope's permission to resign
National Catholic Reporter; Martinez, Demetria
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Archbishop Robert Sanchez announced March 19 that he had asked Pope John Paul II for permission to resign as head of the Santa Fe archdiocese's 500,000 Catholics.http://www.highbeam.com/library/docfree.asp?DOCID=1G1:13655314&ctrlInfo=
Bishop resigns following claims
By Kevin Cullen, Globe Staff, 2/12/2004
Bishop denies abuse allegations; diocese levels countercharge
By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe Staff,
An auxiliary bishop in Worcester yesterday denied that he molested a teenager four decades ago, and the Worcester diocese accused the complainant of extortion.
Bishop George E. Rueger, 72, said he did not abuse Sime Braio, 52, despite accusations made by Braio in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Worcester Superior Court.
Retired bishop named in Iowa sex abuse claims
Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com)
The Associated Press, carried in Tallahassee Democrat
[Sioux Falls SD]
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Florida woman who claimed she was molested by a Roman Catholic priest in the 1960s, but the parties disagree whether a settlement they reached in principle was ever finalized.
Sins of the Fathers
By DAVE BAKKE, STAFF WRITER
In the past 20 years, three watershed events in the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese have shaken, and in some cases destroyed, the image of the priest and the faith of Catholics.
The Rev. Alvin Campbell was first. Campbell used his priesthood at St. Maurice Parish in Morrisonville as a tool to seduce boys. He was convicted as a pedophile in the days when using the words "pedophile" and "priest" in the same sentence was unthinkable. In 1985, Campbell pleaded guilty but mentally ill to molestation charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
In the 19 years since Campbell's guilty plea, the Springfield diocese has earned a reputation in national Catholic circles as a troubled, volatile place. The list of names of local clergy linked to scandals from homosexual and heterosexual affairs to embezzlement is a long one.
Next came Bishop Daniel Ryan. His early years as bishop were marred by his admitted alcohol abuse for which he received treatment in the summer of 1986. Ryan's final two years before his resignation in 1999 were spent under the cloud of sexual misconduct accusations.
"Although denied by Bishop Ryan, this behavior
did occur and caused scandal in the church by leading others to do evil,"
the report stated. "It resulted in feelings of hurt and anger, as
well as thoughts of doubt and mistrust, both in the church as an institution
and in its leaders."
Bishop Accused of Sexual Abuse
March 8, 2006
By Orlando Sentinel and Sandy Alexander
Retired Baltimore Archbishop William D. Borders was accused in two lawsuits yesterday of covering up charges of sexual abuse against a Catholic priest in his diocese while he was bishop of Orlando, Fla.
The lawsuits against the Diocese of Orlando, filed by two men in Florida's Orange County Circuit Court, allege that the Rev. Vernon F. Uhran sexually abused them at three Orlando-area churches and on a cross-country road trip in the early 1970s.
The unnamed plaintiffs, each seeking $5 million in damages, charge that Borders received reports of the abuse but did not discipline Uhran and concealed the information. The diocese transferred Uhran from parish to parish, "where he continued to have unfettered access to minors and was permitted to have frequent sleepovers in the Rectories," the lawsuits state.
Borders served as archbishop of Orlando from its creation in 1968 until 1974, and was archbishop of Baltimore from 1974 until retiring in 1989.