Wednesday, January 30, 2008
List of Restricted Priests in Lacking
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee keeps a posted list on the web of Archdiocesan priests who have had their ministry restricted because of substantiated reports of sexual abuse of a minor. But I don't understand why the list is not inclusive of priests who have served in this Archdiocese - but do not belong this Archdiocese - who have substantiated reports against them. A case in point is "Fr." Bruce MacArthur - a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MacArthur has been named in a lawsuit by three women who state that they were abused by him as girls while he was the hospital chaplin at the old St. Joseph's in Beaver Dam. He's already admitted to sexually abusing multiple minors, but there is no mention of him anywhere on the Archdiocesan website (try the search engine yourself. It works for Milwaukee priests under restriction).
I can only imagine the semi-convincing arguments concerning why the Archdiocese would not list this man somewhere on their website, but none of them seem very convincing. Why do lawyers have to pull teeth to get the Archdiocese to post information that should already be public. Even the aforementioned list of Milwaukee priests under restriction was only done after the metaphoric equivalent of 5 root canals.
A Faithful Catholic