November 15, 2005

Families of 2 slain in Hudson give bishops letter

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Aaron Blake, Star Tribune
Last update: November 14, 2005 at 8:08 PM

WASHINGTON - The families of two men killed in a Hudson, Wis., funeral home in 2002 delivered to a Catholic bishops conference on Monday a proposal for dealing with sexual abuse in the church. But they were disappointed at not getting to speak with bishops in person.

Six relatives of Dan O'Connell and three relatives of James Ellison met privately for 15 minutes at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall meeting with Teresa Kettelkamp, the executive director of the conference's Office of Child and Youth Protection.

The families had been told they couldn't meet with the bishops, so they held a news conference outside the Hyatt Regency hotel, where the bishops were meeting, and walked inside to try to deliver their five-part plan to the bishops.

Kettelkamp said she would give the families' letter and photos of the victims to Spokane, Wash., Bishop William Skylstad, the president of the conference.

Posted by kshaw at November 15, 2005 01:42 AM