Three More Accused SC Priests Uncovered

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

April 2, 2019

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims has found three priests who have been publicly accused of molesting kids but are not on the Charleston Catholic diocese’s just-released list of abusers.

For “the safety of kids and the healing of victims,” SNAP wants the Charleston diocese to “include ALL proven, admitted and credibly accused clerics – priests, nuns, bishops, brothers, deacons, seminarians and lay employees – and provide their photos, whereabouts and full work histories.”

The three names missing from the list are:

–Fr. Cletus Altermatt, who was ordained in Great Falls Montana but was at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner South Carolina in the 1950s. In 2016 and again in 2018, church officials in three states put him on their lists of credibly accused abusers.

Fr. Altermatt also worked in Kentucky (Louisville), Minnesota (Ivanhoe and Lucan) and Ohio (Steubenville, Bloomingdale and Buchtel). He died in 1978.

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