Book Links Poet, Priest in Chronicle of Abuse in Jasper
By Jonathan Streetman
March 21, 2014
It’s been nearly 60 years since Norbert Krapf was a young altar boy at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. But what happened to him there has stuck with the former Indiana poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize nominee and is the subject of his 26th book, “Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing.”
The book of poems chronicles the sexual abuse Krapf said he endured as a boy serving at the church under Monsignor Othmar Schroeder in the mid-1950s. Schroeder, who died in 1988, has since been alleged to have sexually violated at least 15 boys during his 27-year tenure at the church he founded.