February 25, 2005

Priest involved in abuse allegations dies

Globe Gazette

By PAT KINNEY, For The Globe Gazette

DUBUQUE A former priest who served several North Iowa parishes, defrocked in 1997 in connection with sexual abuse complaints, has died in Mexico.

Archdiocese of Dubuque officials confirmed Wednesday that Robert Reiss, who served at more than a dozen parishes, died Feb. 3 in Chilpancingo, Mexico. A cause of death was not specified.

Ordained a priest in 1955, Reiss served at Sacred Heart in Osage, St. Boniface in Garner, St. Michael in Nashua and Visitation in Stacyville during his 35-year career. Pope John Paul II defrocked him on Sept. 29, 1997.

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