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Information on sex abuse cases released by Archdiocese of Hartford

HARTFORD -- The Archdiocese of Hartford released information Tuesday, regarding clerical sexual abuse of minors in the archdiocese.

The archdiocese post the information at Promise.archdioceseofhartford.org  The website was very slow to respond when it was first released. The list of clergy is below.

Last week, Jesuits in Northeast posted list of priests accused of abuse and 16 of them had Connecticut connections. 

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford says it has paid $50.6 million to settle priest sexual abuse claims over the last several decades.

The archdiocese said Tuesday that it has settled 142 claims involving 32 clergy members. The archdiocese paid out $24.5 million from its general reserve fund and insurance recoveries covered the rest of the cost of the settlements.

The archdiocese said 98 percent of the settlements paid were over allegations of abuse of minors that occurred before 1990.

Included on the site was a list of names of  clergy that served in the archdiocese "who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present, as well as the names of religious order priests and priests from other dioceses who have been credibly accused of an offense that took place in the Archdiocese. Since 1953, 36 archdiocesan clergy have been credibly accused (of whom 23 are now deceased). In addition, there have been six religious order priests and six priests from other dioceses who offended within the Archdiocese.  There are currently no priests in ministry who have been credibly accused, in keeping with the Archdiocese of Hartford’s “zero-tolerance” policy."

The Archdiocese has hired Judge Antonio Robaina to conduct an independent investigation. Robaina is a retired Connecticut Superior Court judge, now in private practice.  Robaina and his legal team will conduct an independent investigation and compile a report of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese since 1953, when the Archdiocese was founded. If the finding show additional clergy accused of abuse, the will be added to the website.

The Archbishop has stated that one case of child abuse is one case too many:  “I ask—the Church must ask—for forgiveness from those who have been victims of child sexual abuse by clergy, and from their parents, siblings, and friends. Healing and reconciliation continue to be an essential but not easy goal, given the terrible effects that these sins and crimes can cause in the lives of victims, to whom the Church owes the deepest expression of sorrow and apology.”

LIST OF ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD CLERGY  WHO HAVE BEEN THE OBJECTS OF LEGAL SETTLEMENTS OR OTHERWISE CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR FROM 1953 TO THE PRESENT

(for additional details including date of ordination, date of death where applicable, list of assignments,
when removed from ministry, current status etc. click on the name below)

Priests/Transitional Deacon of the Archdiocese of Hartford (36)

Altermatt, Gregory

Buckley, Joseph

Bzdyra, Stephen

Clarkin, Herbert

Crowley, Stephen

Doyle, Robert

Ferguson, Ivan

Foley, Stephen

Glynn, Thomas

Gotta, Paul

Graham, John

Hussey, Philip

Hyland, Edward

Lacy, Joseph

Ladamus, Robert

Maguire, Felix

Manspeaker, Terry

McGann, Richard

McSheffery, Daniel

Mitchell, Peter

Muha, Edward

Nash, Howard

O’Connor, John T.

Paul, Raymond

Paturzo, Louis

Perrault, Arthur

Przybylo, William

Raffaeta, George

Reardon, Edward

Renkiewicz, Adolph

Rozint, Joseph

Shea, Robert E.

Shiner, Kenneth

Tissera,(Wamakulasuriya) Edward

Werpechowski, Felix

Zizka, Peter

 

RELIGIOUS ORDER PRIESTS AND PRIESTS FROM OTHER DIOCESES WHO HAVE BEEN CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD FROM 1953 TO THE PRESENT

(for additional details including date of ordination, date of death where applicable, list of assignments,
when removed from ministry, current status etc. click on the name below)

Externs (Priests belonging to another Archdiocese/Diocese (6)

Kramek, Roman

Meunier, Lucien

Franklin, Edward

Primavera, Bruno

Ramsay, John B.

Rivera, Jose

Religious Order Priests (6)

Izquierdo, William LC

Miller, Michael OFM Conv.

Pelkington, Robert Leo OP

Pryor, John OAR

Rudy, John OFM

Szantyr, John

For additional information concerning those listed above, please contact the corresponding Diocese via the link provided when the name is clicked

Officials said they have been in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People since it was adopted by the U.S. Bishops in 2002.

Officials said any incidence of sexual abuse should be reported to Kathleen Nowosadko, Victim Assistance Coordinator, at: 860-541-6475, as well as to the local authorities.

In an effort to apply spiritual remedies to the scandal and tragedy that has seriously wounded so many people in the church, Archbishop Blair will offer Masses of Reparation for the evil that has been done. The first one will take place in Manchester on Sunday, January 27, at 2:00 pm at the St. Bartholomew Church building of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

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