Fr. Edward Kickel

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Ordained: 1922
Status: Accused

Died: 12/13/1972
Diocese: Diocese of Cleveland OH

Monsignor. Several complaints in 1950s -1960s. Nothing done. Nicknamed “The Feeler” for molesting girls during religion class. In 1969 faculty and parents at St. Francis de Sales in Parma held a meeting about allegations against Kickel.The pastor barred Kickel from hearing confessions and teaching religion classes, and told parents to keep quiet or they would be guilty of a mortal sin and go to hell. One woman was denied counseling in 2000 because the diocese said it could not find facts to support her claim. After a 2002 news report, almost a dozen women called the news outlet to say they too had been abused by Kickel. He died in 12/72. Included on the diocese’s list 6/21/19.

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