- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic religious order based in the Midwest is releasing an unusually candid report admitting that it failed victims of clergy sex abuse.

The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph opened its files going back decades to outside experts. The report released Tuesday found that the friars treated many victims with hostility. Until 2004, most of the money the religious order spent on responding to abuse was on defense attorneys, not on help for victims.

The Province of St. Joseph has offices in Detroit and runs a Wisconsin boys boarding school called St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Abuse at the school became known in the 1990s through reports by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The investigation released Tuesday found more student victims, raising the total from 14 to 28.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide