Fr. Robert Louis Kealy

Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Lawyer who handled sex abuse cases against priests. Resigned from parish position in 3/02 and went to live in a restricted monitored setting after an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15- or 16-year-old boy in the 1970s. First reported in 2001; no action by review board until complainant came forward again in 2002 with more information. Admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking with boys in the 1970s. Kealy had served as chancellor of the archdiocese and then as judicial vicar of the Chicago province’s Court of Appeals. Permanently removed from ministry in 9/05. Resigned in 4/06. As of 2014 was still a priest, working as a lawyer. Laicized in 12/18.

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