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10/2/2018 12:29:00 PM
12 priests from Lafayette diocese suspected of sexual misconduct over last 74 years

Ron Wilkins, Journal and Courier

LAFAYETTE — Twelve priests in the Diocese of Lafayette's 74-year history likely sexually abused minors, according to a special edition of "The Catholic Moment" published online on Friday.

The publication of the priests' names, date of ordination, action taken and current status comes eight days after a man using the pseudonym John Doe filed a civil lawsuit, claiming that Father James Grear sexually abused him in 1982 at a Catholic youth rally at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Carmel. 

Grear is one of the 12 named in the list, which Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, in the Sept. 16 edition of "The Catholic Moment," said was committed to releasing.

Grear was ordained on May 30, 1970. He was removed from public ministry and his priestly faculties removed in October 2001, according to Friday's publication. However, lawsuits filed last month and in 2011 accused Grear of sexual misconduct in 1982 and 1975, respectively.

The diocese's article defines substantiated allegations as those found to have reasonable cause to believe that abuse with a minor occurred. But the article also noted it is not a legal judgment. 

Other priests on the list include:

• Kenneth Bohlinger, who was ordained May 22, 1976. He was removed from public ministry in August 1988 and removed as a member of the clergy on March 27, 2009.

Related Links:
• Journal & Courier full text

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