Fr. Jonathan W. Franklin

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1956
Status: Charged

Died: 08/1/1986
Diocese: Archdiocese of New Orleans LA

Ordained for Savannah diocese. Multiple allegations of abuse over three decades. Worked in New Orleans and Alexandria LA, Savannah and Atlanta GA, Pensacola FL, Cullman AL. On New Orleans archdiocese’s list 11/2/18. It noted allegation received in 1959 of recent abuse; removed from ministry in the archdiocese. Accused of abuse in LA in 1966; settlement in 2005. Moved to St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL in 1975. Accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1985 when temporarily assigned to St. Anne’s in Pensacola, FL. Franklin died by suicide 8/1/86, just before trial was to begin. On Birmingham AL diocese’s list 12/14/18. On Alexandria, LA list 2/6/19. On Baton Rouge diocese’s list in early 2019. On Pensacola-Tallahassee list of credibly accused.

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