DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced “credible” allegations of sexually abusing minors.
The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests faced multiple allegations. All but five are dead. Two of the living have left the abbey and ministry; three others are restricted from ministry.
According to WBAY in Green Bay, the named are:
- Simon Becker (multiple, credible allegations) – Deceased
- Robert Carson (multiple) – Deceased
- Francis Clabots (multiple) – Deceased
- Mark Falcone (one credible allegation) – Restricted from ministry
- Angelo Feldkamp (multiple) – Deceased
- Camillus Frigo (multiple) – Left the abbey and ministry
- Michael Frisch (one) – Restricted from ministry
- Robert Gaghan (one) – Deceased
- John Kohnke (multiple) – Deceased
- Larry Mayer (one) – deceased
- Francis McHugh (one) – Deceased
- Michael Kain (one) – Deceased
- Ernest LaMal (multiple) – Deceased
- Martin Philipsen (multiple) – Deceased
- Andrew (“Andy”) Polini (one) – Deceased
- Peter Pritzl (multiple) – Deceased
- Robert Reppen (one) – Deceased
- David Rondou (multiple) – Deceased
- Joseph Rohlinger (one) – Deceased
- Ralph Schmidt (one) – Deceased
- Edward Smith (multiple) – Restricted from ministry
- James Stein (multiple) – Left the Abbey and ministry
Abbot Dane Radecki says the names were released Friday in the spirit of accountability, but gave few details of the allegations.
The abbey serves St. Norbert College and some schools and parishes around De Pere.
The report came six months after the Green Bay Diocese named 46 priests with credible claims of sexual abuse against them but did not include priests from independent orders.
In a letter on the website, Rev. Dane Radecki said he hopes making the names public will help survivors of sexual abuse with their healing, and, “I profoundly apologize and ask forgiveness from those abused by the Norbines of the Abbey.”
SNAP is responding to the release of the names, saying it raises more questions than answers.
The group, which represents survivors who have been assaulted by known priests, continue to call on Wisconsin Attorney General, Josh Kaul, to investigate these cases.