Church in Crisis
September 29, 2002
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A former priest and member of the Congregation of the Resurrection, a
religious order, Meisner is accused in a single lawsuit of sexual abuse.
He has denied the allegation. Ordained in 1957, he served at Resurrection
Church in Louisville and at assignments in various other states and countries
before leaving the priesthood in 1989. He now works part-time for the
state of Georgia and lives in Macon, Ga.
PLAINTIFF: Sean J. McCulloch
FILED SUIT: July 30
DEFENDANT: Archdiocese of Louisville
DATE AND LOCATION OF ALLEGED ABUSE: 1981, Resurrection
DETAILS OF THE ALLEGATION: McCulloch said he was taken
to Meisner by an aunt for counseling for emotional problems. McCulloch
said while he was telling Meisner his problems, the priest locked the
door, caressed his shoulder, told him everything was going to be OK, then
masturbated the boy. Meisner has denied the allegation, saying he counseled
McCulloch but never touched him.
WAS ANYONE TOLD? McCulloch said he told his aunt that
he didn't want to see Meisner anymore, but didn't disclose details.
IN THE PLAINTIFF'S WORDS: "All I can say is, as
a kid I was scared. Now I'm not scared anymore. I'm not afraid if anyone
knows. Basically because I don't want it to happen to any other children."