28 Jan 2019

Priests who served in FSM included on abuse list

5:07 pm on 28 January 2019

Four Jesuit priests who served in the Federated States of Micronesia between the 1950s and 1990s are included on a list of those who have had "credible claims of sexual abuse of minors" against them.

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None of the priests are currently with the church in an official capacity, one having been removed from ministry, two having died and one other having left the church.

The Reverend Thomas Denny, worked at Xavier High School in Chuuk in the early 1990s.

He was permanently removed from ministry in 2002, for abuses in the 1960s and '70s that were reported in 2002 and 2012.

The Reverend John Doolan, worked at Xavier High School from 1957 to 1960 and worked at the Chuuk parish from 1965 to 1973.

He was permanently removed from ministry in 2006 and died in 2008.

He admitted to abuses that happened in the 1960s to 1970s.

The Reverend John Garvey, worked at Xavier High School from 1968 to 1971 and worked in Pohnpei in 1974 to 1978.

Abuse allegations involving Mr Garvey were reported in 2013, two years after his death.

The Reverend John T. Ryan, worked at Xavier High School from 1972 to 1973.

He left the Jesuits in 2002.

The list said allegations involving Mr Ryan happened in the 1980s to 1990s and were "credible after investigation".

The Pacific Daily News reported the USA Northeast Province Jesuits, which administers Catholic schools and parishes in the FSM, made the list public.

It was released by the province superior, Father John Cecero, who said he was hoping to contribute to healing from the pain and anger caused by clergy sex abuse and the lack of accountability and transparency on the part of church leadership.