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The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Thursday provided a list of 19 clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or young person.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis reports all abuse allegations it receives to Indiana’s Child Protective Services and criminal investigators, as required by law, and encourages all victims to contact civil authorities, according to a press release.

The list of clergy deemed to have at least one credible claim of abuse involving a child or adolescent includes 19 priests for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and four priests who were members of religious orders who served in the Archdiocese dating back to the 1940s. Since 1940, at least 940 priests and 68 deacons have served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The list of credibly accused clergy is based on the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Review Board, which is composed of five lay persons and one clergy member. The current and past members of the Archdiocesan Review Board hold or have held positions in law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, child protective services, primary education, childhood development, social work, practice of law, and psychology, including neuropsychology.

An allegation of sex abuse of a child or young person was deemed credible if, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, the accusation was determined to be more likely to be true than not in the judgment of the Archdiocesan Review Board.

The following priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have claims deemed to be credible of at least one act of sexual abuse of a child or adolescent: William Leroy Blackwell, Edward Theodore Bockhold, Conrad Louis Cambron, Jeffrey James Charlton, Samuel Thomas Curry, Albert Vincent Deery, Jack F. Emrich, Donald J. Evrard, Micheal Howard Kelley, Joseph Stanley Kos, Laurence Michael Lynch, John S. Maung, Harold E. Monroe, Eugene Jack Okon, Roger Gerard Rudolf, Frederick Adam Schmitt, John Bernard Schoettelkotte, Myles Hale Patrick Smith, and Jonathan Lovill Stewart.

The following religious order priests who have served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have claims deemed credible of at least one act of sexual abuse of a child or adolescent: Brennan Harris, OFM Conv.; Bernard Knoth, SJ; Donald O’Shaughnessy, SJ; and Roman Pfalzer, OFM.

A more detailed list can be found below:

ARCHDIOCESAN PRIESTS

William Leroy Blackwell

  • Number of Victims: 8
  • Date of Ordination: May 3, 1957
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1958, 1964-1968
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Feb. 2, 1990 before abuse reported.

Edward Theodore Bockhold

  • Number of Victims: 2
  • Date of Ordination: May 20, 1920
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1949, 1961
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased March 12, 1972 before abuse reported.

Conrad Louis Cambron

  • Number of Victims: 2
  • Date of Ordination: May 22, 1976
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1978, 1980
  • Action Taken: Resigned from the priesthood in 1985.

Jeffrey James Charlton

  • Number of Victims: 3
  • Date of Ordination: May 2, 1983
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1982, 1984, 1986-1987
  • Action Taken: Resigned from the priesthood in 1995; dispensed from the clerical state Nov. 17, 2014.

Samuel Thomas Curry

  • Number of Victims: 7
  • Date of Ordination: June 6, 1970
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1970s
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Feb. 7, 1991 before abuse reported.

Albert Vincent Deery

  • Number of Victims: 23
  • Date of Ordination: May 17, 1921
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: Late 1950s through early 1970s
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Aug. 25, 1972 before abuse reported.

Jack F. Emrich

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: Jan. 17, 1998
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: Mid-1970s
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2003.

Donald J. Evrard

  • Number of Victims: 5
  • Date of Ordination: May 3, 1956
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1977, 1985
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 1998; deceased Dec. 27, 2008.

Micheal Howard Kelley

  • Number of Victims: 2
  • Date of Ordination: June 1, 1985
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1990, 1992
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2003.

Joseph Stanley Kos

  • Number of Victims: 3
  • Date of Ordination: May 1, 1996
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: Mid-1980s
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Aug. 9, 2000.

Laurence Michael Lynch

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: May 3, 1960
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1972-1973
  • Action Taken: Resigned from priestly ministry in 1979; deceased June 17, 2009.

John S. Maung

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: May 1, 1963
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1993-1997
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2018.

Harold E. Monroe

  • Number of Victims: 16
  • Date of Ordination: June 8, 1974
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1976-1982
  • Action Taken: Removed from the priesthood in 1984; dispensed from the clerical state April 8, 2011.

Eugene Jack Okon

  • Number of Victims: 4
  • Date of Ordination: Dec. 18, 1970
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1974
  • Action Taken: Resigned from priestly ministry in 2003; deceased Nov. 29, 2012.

Roger Gerard Rudolf

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: June 6, 1992
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1987-1988
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2002; dispensed from the clerical state May 11, 2015.

Frederick Adam Schmitt

  • Number of Victims: 3
  • Date of Ordination: May 11, 1959
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1973-1974
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Dec. 30, 1988 before abuse reported.

John Bernard Schoettelkotte

  • Number of Victims: 5
  • Date of Ordination: May 3, 1960
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1964-1967
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2003.

Myles Hale Patrick Smith

  • Number of Victims: 3
  • Date of Ordination: July 25, 1970
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1976-1988
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2003; deceased May 2, 2012.

Jonathan Lovill Stewart

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: June 1, 1991
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1993
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2003.

RELIGIOUS ORDER PRIESTS

Brennan Harris, OFM Conv.

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: 1969
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1971
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry by the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation; deceased in 1985.

Bernard Knoth, SJ

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: 1977
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1978
  • Action Taken: Reported to USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus; dispensed from the clerical state.

Donald O’Shaughnessy, SJ

  • Number of Victims: 2
  • Date of Ordination: 1955
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1965
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry by the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus; deceased July 8, 2013.

Roman Pfalzer, OFM

  • Number of Victims: 2
  • Date of Ordination: 1947
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1953-1954
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry by the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist; deceased Dec. 26, 2011.

The following priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have a single claim deemed credible which involved a vulnerable adult, age 18, who was an adolescent when at least the emotional aspects of the relationship began. They are Patrick Andrew Doyle and Karl Joseph Miltz.

A more detailed list is below:

Patrick Andrew Doyle

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: June 7, 1975
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1987
  • Action Taken: Removed from priestly ministry in 2018.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis released the following statement on the accusations against Doyle on Sept. 5:

“Fr. Patrick Doyle, a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has been suspended after a report of sexual misconduct several decades ago was received by the archdiocese’s victim assistance coordinator on Sept. 4, 2018. The Archdiocese immediately made a report to civil authorities and has notified the Archdiocesan Review Board of the allegation. Fr. Doyle has had numerous ministry assignments.

The complete list of his assignments are as follows: 1975, St. Mary-St. Michael, Madison, and part-time instructor, Father Michael Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School; 1979, director, Christian Formation Program, Bishop Chatard High School, and part-time instructor; 1987, administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, and continuing as full-time instructor, Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis; 1989, administrator, St. Patrick and Holy Rosary, Indianapolis, while continuing as administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis; 1993, priest moderator and sacramental minister, Holy Rosary and St. Patrick, Indianapolis, while continuing as administrator, Holy Cross, Indianapolis; 1993, dean, Indianapolis East Deanery; 1994, sabbatical 1995, pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 1996, dean, Indianapolis North Deanery, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 1999, reappointed dean, Indianapolis North Deanery, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis; 2000, priest moderator, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, while continuing as pastor, St. Joan of Arc and dean, Indianapolis North Deanery; 2001, reappointed pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, while continuing as dean, Indianapolis North Deanery and priest moderator, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis; 2005, pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis; 2010, priest moderator, St. Maurice, Napoleon, while continuing as pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis; 2011, reappointed pastor, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Indianapolis, while continuing as priest moderator, St. Maurice, Napoleon. Fr. Doyle is prohibited from all public ministry while an investigation is pending.”

Karl Joseph Miltz

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: May 24, 1969
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1974
  • Action Taken: Resigned from priestly ministry in 1998; dispensed from the clerical state Dec. 6, 2005.

The following clergy have a single claim of abuse made against them reported to have occurred in the 1940s and 1950s and which was received by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis after the priests were deceased and unable to offer a defense of the accusation. No claims were made while they were alive. Although there was no way to substantiate the claims being made against the deceased clergy, the Archdiocesan Review Board recommended, out of an abundance of caution and transparency, to include their names on the list below: John Stanley Kramer, William Kreis, James Joseph Shanahan and George Peter Ziemer.

A more detailed list is below:

John Stanley Kramer

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: March 3, 1944
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1947-1952
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Jan. 28, 1986 before accusation reported.

William Kreis

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: May 28, 1904
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1944-1946
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased March 10, 1954 before accusation reported.

James Joseph Shanahan

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: May 27, 1947
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1958
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased Nov. 14, 1992 before accusation reported.

George Peter Ziemer

  • Number of Victims: 1
  • Date of Ordination: June 10, 1919
  • Reported Time Period of Abuse: 1955-1957
  • Action Taken: Priest deceased April 26, 1980 before accusation reported.

DIOCESE OF FORT WAYNE-SOUTH BEND

After the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend published the names of 18 priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor last month, two more were added to that list Tuesday.

The initial announcement followed an Aug. 17 press conference by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades during which stressed the importance for victims to see the names of their abusers made public.

The list of those credibly accused was developed with the assistance of the Diocesan Review Board, which was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms.

The Diocesan Review Board is comprised of mostly lay people, and its members assess all allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests and deacons presented in this diocese.

In the determination of credibility for the purpose of the list, Bishop Rhoades followed the recommendations of the Diocesan Review Board.

Michael Paquet, osc

  • Date of Ordination: May 28, 1978
  • Removal from Ecclesiastical Ministry: Nov. 18, 2002
  • Dismissed from Clerical State: Sept. 16, 2005
  • Number of Credible Allegations: 1
  • Places Served:
  • 1978-1979—Crosier Assignments
  • 1979-1985—Ministry Center Retreat Director, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1983-1985—Spirit Alive TEC Youth Minister, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Fort Wayne
  • 1985-2002—Crosier Assignments

Bruce A. Schutt

  • Date of Ordination: May 29, 1965
  • Loss of Clerical State: May 9, 1975
  • Number of Credible Allegations: 2
  • Places Served:
  • June 15, 1965—St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka
  • April 20, 1968—St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne
  • June 15, 1968—St. Patrick Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • June 25, 1971—Chaplain, Indiana Army National Guard
  • July 1, 1971—Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Wayne
  • Oct. 2, 1972—United States Army Training Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia
  • April 15, 1974 – Dec. 31, 1974—Ministry in Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin

DIOCESE OF GARY

Aug. 27, the Diocese of Gary issued a similar list naming 10 priests who have served there who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

Joseph Buczyna

  • Number of Allegations: 1
  • Action Taken: Died Jan. 12, 1976
  • Terrence Chase
  • Number of Allegations: 1
  • Action Taken: Removed from public ministry and laicized Jan. 4, 2016.

Richard Emerson

  • Number of Allegations: 4
  • Action Taken: Laicized July 30, 2006

Julian Jercha

  • Number of Allegations: 3
  • Action Taken: Died June 27, 1987

Louis Jeziorski

  • Number of Allegations: 3
  • Action Taken: Died April 6, 1973

George Kavungal, CMI

  • Number of Allegations: 6
  • Action Taken: Last known to be in India, removed from public ministry.

Ambrose McGinnity

  • Number of Allegations: 6
  • Action Taken: Removed from public ministry in 1993, died Feb. 27, 2000.

Stanley Staniszewski

  • Number of Allegations: 2
  • Action Taken: Left the Diocese of Gary Oct. 20, 1983. Removed from public ministry in 2004, and was no longer allowed to present himself as a priest and died July 2, 2010.

Stephen Varga

  • Number of Allegations: 1
  • Action Taken: Laicized July 28, 1971, died July 12, 2006.

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at rburgess@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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