Although nothing untoward ever happened to me as an altar boy for Fr. Louis J. Miller at Our Lady of Good Counsel a high school girlfriend told me their family attended Mass in Aurora because Miller had done something bad in Alaska then was transferred in the late 1950s to the Elkton parish under Sioux Falls cleric, Lambert Hoch. Hoch was born in Elkton. Marlboro-smoking, scotch-drinking Louis Miller was elevated to monsignor, built a gorgeous church and grade school, coached St. Mary's basketball then was decapitated in an automobile accident near Pierre in 1968.
Fr. Leonard Fox, the bean-counter who succeeded him and assigned to pay the bills was a greasy sleazeball who drove me from catholicism.
A new report outlining abuse accusations against Jesuit priests includes dozens of priests who worked in Montana churches, missions and schools — and shows that at least 11 priests were accused while working in the state. For priests who were accused of sexual abuse that were identified only by the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings as part of a bankruptcy agreement, the Jesuit report did not independently verify the claims or list the years of alleged abuse. [Dozens of Montana priests accused of sex abuse were moved to new posts, report shows]Catholicism is hope like gonorrhea is charity.
The ramifications of that alleged secret pact – and decades of child sexual abuse inflicted by Catholic priests in New Mexico – are unraveling in the newest chapter of public reckoning for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The archdiocese, New Mexico’s largest Catholic district, encompassing 92 parishes, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last week, opening the books into its finances. Liabilities, including payouts to current and future abuse claimants, were an estimated $10 million to $50 million. With more than a dozen state attorneys general and federal law enforcement launching investigations into clergy sex abuse this year, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office has ramped up its own inquiry, including targeting at least two former Catholic priests. [New legal troubles for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe]Pennsylvania used a grand jury for the statewide investigation of predator priests and the Philadelphia Diocese is the bishopric of former Rapid City cleric Charlie Chaput but don't expect suspected incel Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General-elect, former altar boy and member of the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers to take on both South Dakota Dioceses.