Erie nuns knew about abusive sister decades ago


October 30, 2018

By Ed Palattella

Original actions taken against the late Sr. Mary Carmel Skeabeck “appear to be insufficient by today’s standards,” according to Sisters of St. Joseph. Skeabeck was added to diocese’s list of accused on Monday.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania started investigating child sexual-abuse allegations against one of its deceased members in May.

A complaint from an abuse victim triggered the probe.

The findings led the Catholic Diocese of Erie on Monday to place the nun, Sr. Mary Carmel Skeabeck, who died in 2015, on the diocese’s growing list of priests and laypeople credibly accused of child sexual abuse and other misconduct with minors since the 1940s.

Skeabeck, the first nun to be placed on the diocese’s list, “sexually abused a student on numerous occasions in the late 1950s while teaching at Villa Maria Academy” in Erie, the Sisters of St. Joseph, citing its investigation, said on Monday.

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