Bishop Accountability
  Obituaries: Gerald O'Keefe; Bishop Cleared of Sex Accusations

Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2000

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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