Fr. Robert Peter Bowman

Ordained: 1955
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Former Vicar for Administration. Retired in 2001. Removed from duties 5/02 after allegations surfaced 4/02 of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 45 years prior. Another allegation of inappropriate behavior apparently made but was found unsubstantiated by the Fitness Review Board who termed it “horseplay that might have been misinterpreted.” Files released by archdiocese in 11/14 show allegations of abuse of at least 11 children by Bowman, mostly during 1950s to the 1980s. Archdiocese found 7 of the cases “credible,” with victims ages 8-16. Vatican ordered permanent removal of Bowman from public ministry 9/05. Died 4/11.


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