O'Keefe; Bishop Cleared of Sex Accusations
Los Angeles Times
Retired Bishop Gerald O'Keefe, 82, absolved of accusations of sexually
abusing two women parishioners. O'Keefe retired in 1993 after serving
27 years as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. In
1992, he was sued by two women who accused him of sexually abusing them
in the 1960s, when he was an auxiliary bishop of the St. Paul-Minneapolis
diocese and rector of St. Paul Cathedral. They said their repressed memories
of abuse had been revived through therapy. But the lawsuits were dismissed
in 1993, and the women's psychiatrist, Dr. Diane Humenansky, had her license
suspended after she was successfully sued by former patients for planting
false memories of abuse. O'Keefe, who was ordained in 1944, was one of
the nation's first bishops to enact various lay councils. He also helped
implement the directives of the Second Vatican Council. On Wednesday in
Davenport of a heart attack.
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