Church Split over Convicted Priest

Wisconsin State Journal
April 20, 1993

No traditional Latin Tridentine Mass has been held at St. Pius V Catholic Church here for the last two weeks after the congregation's priest was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.

The church, a conservative breakaway sect not recognized by the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Archdiocese, is a private corporation.

The Milwaukee Journal quoted a source Monday as saying that the parish's board of directors voted to retain Phillip Keyes as their priest, while congregation members attending a meeting Sunday voted by an almost 2-to-1 margin not to retain him.

Keyes, 66, entered a no contest plea in Rock County Circuit Court to one felony count of first-degree sexual assault of a child and had five other counts against him dropped.


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