Fr. Carroll Howlin

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Joliet IL

Accused in a suit filed in 8/02 of abusing a boy in 1975 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and on trips to KY. Howlin, who had worked as a mission priest in KY since 1977, was quickly removed. Another man alleging abuse as a boy by Howlin said he reported the incident to Bishop Imesch in 1993. The man’s attorney said Imesch sent Howlin for therapy or a psych evaluation without telling the Lexington diocese about it, then allowed him to return to ministry. Permanently removed after a 2010 canonical trial. Living unsupervised in KY. Diocese agreed to release of personnel files in 3/13 as part of a settlement in Rudofski v Joliet & Bennett. Files released 4/30/14. Died 5/05/15. On the Lexington diocese’s list in 8/20. It notes two known victims from Whitley City KY in the 1990s. Multiple allegations of abuse starting in 1972.


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