Late Priest Linked to Long History of Sexual Abuse

By Rachel Beavin
August 21, 2007

Indiana — A Roman Catholic bishop told members of a southern Indiana parish that a priest who has been dead for 19 years sexually abused boys during his nearly three decades at the church.

Evansville Diocese Bishop, Gerald Gettelfinger, did not say how many boys Monsignor Othmar Schroeder was believed to have abused during his time at Holy Family Church or when the abuse happened.

Gettelfinger spoke during weekend Masses at the church, saying he learned several years ago of the allegations against Schroeder, but had found out that the scope of the abuse "is greater than we knew."

Schroeder was the founding pastor of the parish in 1947 and remained at the church in the city about 50 miles northeast of Evansville until he was transferred in 1975 to Sacred Heart Church in nearby Schnellville. He died in 1988.



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