“Diocese posts names of clergy accused of abuse on website” & related article

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 Missoulian

April 30, 2015 9:48 am

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has posted on its website the names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children.

The list, posted Wednesday, is one of the conditions of settling lawsuits filed by hundreds of people who said they were abused by priests, nuns and others dating back to the 1940s.

The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/1dwJVNw ) the list is to remain on the website for 10 years, being updated as necessary.

Attorney Bryan Smith of Tamaki Law said posting the list is an indication the Diocese is atoning for what happened.

Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson says the list includes people who were named in the lawsuits as well as some the Diocese added that had been accused internally of abuse. Most of those named have died.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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Diocese posts names on website of clergy accused of abuse

Montana Kaimin

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:05 am | Updated: 2:03 pm, Thu Apr 30, 2015.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children have been posted online by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

The list, posted Wednesday, is one condition of settling lawsuits filed by hundreds of people who said they were abused by priests, nuns and others dating back to the 1940s.

The list includes people who were named in the lawsuits as well as some the diocese added that had been accused internally of abuse, diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson said.

“It’s difficult to think of someone you grew up with who was good to you and your family being accused of sexual abuse,” Bartleson said. “But we need to make sure we err on the side of victims if in any way this could contribute to their healing or give them any kind of closure.”

The diocese also agreed, as part of a bankruptcy filing, to set aside $20 million for the 362 victims named in two lawsuits along with a $920,000 trust for any victims who come forward in the future.

The list will remain on the website for 10 years, and will be updated as necessary, the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/1dwJVNw) reported.

Attorney Bryan Smith of Tamaki Law, who represented 95 victims, said posting the list makes the settlement “complete in that it is not just an exchange of money that is for the release of the claim.”

“It is something more than that; it is a recognition that they are atoning for what happened,” he said.

The bishop “wants to make sure the victims know that they are believed and they are respected, so the list was up to them,” Bartleson added.

Much of the alleged abuse happened from the 1940s to the 1970s. The list includes 21 Diocese of Helena priests, 21 sisters and three laypersons who worked at a boarding school at St. Ignatius, six sisters who served the Diocese of Helena and 17 other priests who served in Montana.

Most of those named have died. There are 12 individuals on the list named only by first or last names that the diocese could not find in its records.

Bishop George Thomas plans to preside over reconciliation liturgies in churches across the diocese this fall, Bartleson said.

1 Response to “Diocese posts names of clergy accused of abuse on website” & related article

  1. Sylvia says:

    It’s always good news to see the names of predatory clergy and religious posted on diocesan websites. Sadly that day as yet to come to any Canadian diocese. I commend the victims and lawyers who ensured that such disclosure was part of the settlement.
    I checked the list on the Diocese of Helena website and see that there is one Canadian priest listed, but with limited information. Here is the entry:

    A.M.D. Gillen – ordained May 29, 1926 (in Canada); Assignments in Diocese of Helena: St. Richard, Columbia Falls: 1950-51; St. Teresa of the Little Flower, Browning: 1951-1965; Left Diocese: September 1, 1965; Died: July 30, 1987

    I can’t find anything in directories or online on this Father Gillen. When . I wonder, did he head across the border to serve in the States? And, what diocese was he ordained for?

    If anyone knows any more please pass along the info.

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