Fr. Karl E. Dowd

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Five allegations of abuse by Dowd were received shortly after his death in 2/02. One man said he and his mother reported the abuse to a pastor in 1971. Nonetheless, Dowd was allowed to serve as director of Camp Fatima, a summer camp for children, from 1968 until he retired in 1990. Many priests have been accused of abuse at the camp. At least one claim included in an 11/02 $5M settlement involving 62 victims and 28 priests.


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