BishopAccountability.org
 
 

Settlement Reached in Priest Abuse Case

By Theresa Gutierrez
WLS-TV ABC7
November 17, 2005

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=3643364

A settlement has been reached in connection with a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse. At least six adults claimed father John Powell abused them in the late 60's and 70's. No criminal charges were filed against Powell but the priest has admitted to the abuse.

Two of the former Chicago Jesuit priest John Powell's victims spoke out Thursday. Patrice Regnier says Father Powell -- a former Loyola University professor -- started abusing her when she was 12 years old. She just received a settlement.

"The idea people found from me speaking the truth that they could come out themselves and speak the truth is a good thing," said Patrice Regnier, victim of sexual abuse.

Diane Ruhl says she was abused at 17 years old by Father Powell on the Loyola campus when she was a student. She confronted him 30 years later by writing him. He responded and admitted to the abuse in his letters.

"He told me that it was to awaken my sexual identity and because I was vulnerable and naive and he was well known and spoke about love, I believed him," said Diane Ruhl, victim of sexual abuse.

Father Powell is now retired and living in a retreat run by the Jesuits in Michigan. He is also a nationally known author and relationship expert who has published over 30 books on the subject of love.

"He began his exploitation of children in the 60's. The Jesuits have known about it for a decade. They exalted him, honored him with degrees," said Attorney Jeff Anderson, victim's attorney.

"John Powell should be forced to resign. He should be removed from the priesthood. John Powell should be sense to jail," said Barbara Blaine, Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priest

Father James Gschwend of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus says Father Powell is not well.

"I'm sorry it happened, I'd do everything I could to encourage somebody into therapy," said Father James Gschwend, Chicago Province of Society Of Jesus.

The attorney for the victims -- Jeff Anderson -- says he is representing nine women who claim to have been sexually abused by Father John Powell. One of the victims said another seven women have come forward to her once they learned of her lawsuit. The organization SNAP says two other women have come to them.

 
 

Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
     
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems