2 Priests Resign over Cases of Sexual Abuse

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 8, 2002

Green Bay — Past incidents of sex abuse resulted in the resignations of two priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, church officials said Sunday night.

The Green Bay Diocese said the Rev. Daniel Gilsdorf, 68, pastor of St. Therese parish in Appleton, had admitted an incident of sexual abuse of a minor that occurred almost 40 years ago.

The Rev. Philip Hoffmann, 64, admitted an incident of sexual abuse of a minor that happened nearly 30 years ago, the diocese said. He served on the staff at the diocesan Marriage Tribunal and as the ecumenical officer and vicar for senior priests.

Bishop Robert J. Banks accepted the resignations. A temporary administrator is to be named for the St. Therese parish.

"These actions were based on the work of the Record Review Task Force," Banks said. "There were no further allegations by the victims in these incidents. I apologize and deeply regret the harm that was caused to those who were abused."

In accepting the resignations, Banks informed the two that they will no longer be able to exercise any public priestly ministry. In other words, they may not wear clerical garb, celebrate Mass publicly or present themselves in public as priests.


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