Two Religious Order Brothers, One a Former Principal, Sued for Child Sexual Abuse
Two religious order brothers who worked at a New Orleans high school in the 1980s have been accused of molesting a student in a recently filed lawsuit. Both have been previously convicted of child molestation for unrelated conduct in St. Tammany Parish. We applaud these brave victims for coming forward and hope that their example inspires others who may have been hurt to come forward and start healing.
According to reports, ex-principal Richard Langenstein and Robert Gandara abused the plaintiff while he was a 15-year-old student at De La Salle. Both were members of the Christian Brothers, a notorious religious order that has been marred by scandals at schools around the country. If the national trend holds true, we expect there to be more victims who were hurt and were shamed into silence. Hopefully, this action will encourage other survivors of abuse – whether at De La Salle or any other Catholic property in Louisiana – to come forward and get help.
This story is yet another reminder that it is not just priests who abuse children in the Catholic Church, but also staffers at every level. We renew our call for Archbishop Gregory Aymond to update the list of accused within the Archdiocese of New Orleans to contain the names, work histories, and whereabouts of every single Catholic employee who has been accused of hurting children, not just those wearing a Roman collar.
The complete picture of the abuse of Catholic children in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is still hidden. Survivors continue to come forward for help and healing. SNAP New Orleans exists to believe and support these survivors. The road to healing is long and requires specialized services, but we can help individuals and their loved ones find the resources that they need.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)