January 24, 2005

Baton Rouge Catholic school forming list of possible new names


BATON ROUGE, La. A Roman Catholic school in Baton Rouge will change its name by June because of sexual allegations leveled at its namesake.

Bishop Sullivan High School was named for Joseph Sullivan, who was bishop in Baton Rouge from 19-74 until his death in 19-82. He was accused last spring of sexual abuse in 1975 involving a 17-year-old boy. The diocese settled a lawsuit in November that had been filed by the victim, now in his 40s.

The school board has been asked to come up with five alternative names for the school by February 1st. Some early suggestions include Father Francis Xavier Seelos, St. Katherine Drexel, St. Michael and St. Stephen, diocese spokesman Robert Furlow said.

Posted by kshaw at January 24, 2005 06:28 AM