Ex-priest Consecrated a Bishop

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 27, 2009

A former Milwaukee priest, excommunicated and listed by the Milwaukee Archdiocese as a likely sex offender, has been consecrated as a bishop in the American Apostolic Church, a socially liberal breakaway denomination with ministries in Illinois, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Bishop S. Joseph Collova was consecrated in a ceremony last weekend. He and the American Apostolic Church have denied allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young man for seven years beginning in 1980 when he was 14. They say efforts to get the Milwaukee Archdiocese to release his complete personnel file have been unsuccessful.

The Apostolic Catholic Church's Web site lists Collova as pastor of St. Edith Stein Mission but offers no address. The church holds services at the Chapel of St. Benedict, 2254 N. 53rd St.

The Apostolic Catholic Church is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Collova has been affiliated with two other breakaway churches since he was excommunicated, the Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in America and the Independent Catholic Christian Church.


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