Three More Accused SC Priests Uncovered
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims has found three priests who have been publicly accused of molesting kids but are not on the Charleston Catholic diocese’s just-released list of abusers.
For “the safety of kids and the healing of victims,” SNAP wants the Charleston diocese to “include ALL proven, admitted and credibly accused clerics – priests, nuns, bishops, brothers, deacons, seminarians and lay employees – and provide their photos, whereabouts and full work histories.”
The three names missing from the list are:
--Fr. Cletus Altermatt, who was ordained in Great Falls Montana but was at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner South Carolina in the 1950s. In 2016 and again in 2018, church officials in three states put him on their lists of credibly accused abusers.
Fr. Altermatt also worked in Kentucky (Louisville), Minnesota (Ivanhoe and Lucan) and Ohio (Steubenville, Bloomingdale and Buchtel). He died in 1978.
--Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell, who in 2002 became the first US bishop to admit to molesting kids. Last year, he appeared on the Jefferson City diocese’s list of "credibly accused" clerics.
He headed dioceses in Knoxville TN and Palm Beach FL. O’Connell resigned when allegations that he abused seminary students in Missouri publicly surfaced and previously secret settlements were disclosed. A reporter for The Palm Beach Post found him living among the 27 monks of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina.
--Fr. Herman Francis Flynn, who was at St. Peter’s parish in Charleston from 1934-1938. He was included in the San Diego diocese’s list of credibly accused priests.
Fr. Flynn was ordained as a member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost in 1929 and worked in multiple parishes throughout the United States.