Fr. Louis C Shea
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield IL
Added on 6/18/19 to the Springfield IL diocese’s list of accused priests, as a ‘substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor.’ No abuse facts given. Two survivors contacted BA. One stated Shea visited her home and took her to her room at bedtime to ‘pray over me,’ molesting her weekly 1962-65 at age 7-10, touching her sexually skin-to-skin. She informed the diocese in 2002, 2004, 2019. Shea was already abusing her sister, who stated he sexually touched her 60-100 times in 1960-64 at age 6-9, until she pushed him out of her bed. A therapist suggested she call Shea. She did so circa 1985. He said, ‘I have no recollection.’ The girls were abused during Shea’s 2nd and 3rd assignments and while he started work as a Catholic Charities official. Shortly after the abuse ended, Shea was temporarily pulled from his Catholic Charities position and worked as a hospital chaplain, then back at Catholic Charities and as a pastor. One sister has been contacted by other Shea victims. Died 11/15/96.
- Official Catholic Directory Entries
- Summary of Assignments
- Obituary 11.15.96
- Decatur Daily Review 06.13.55
- Decatur Daily Review 07.23.55
- Decatur Herald 07.25.55
- Decatur Herald 06.11.59
- Decatur Daily Review 06.25.63
- Decatur Daily Review 06.02.67
- Decatur Daily Review 06.21.69
- Obituary 11.15.96
- Diocese of Springfield IL List 06.18.19
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