November 15, 2005

Families Try, Fail to Talk to Bishops

Washington Post

By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 15, 2005; Page A02

Two Wisconsin families who believe their sons were killed by a Roman Catholic priest failed yesterday in their attempt to meet with members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

But after initially being ejected from the downtown hotel where the 350 bishops had gathered for their semiannual meeting, the families were invited back into the lobby for an informal 10-minute conversation with a member of the bishops' staff.

The parents, brothers and sisters of Daniel O'Connell and James Ellison squeezed around a coffee table, sitting on the cushions and arms of a couch and two stuffed chairs. Security guards waved away reporters as the nine family members spoke quietly, with heads bowed and hands pressed between knees, to Teresa Kettelkamp, executive director of the bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection.

They gave her color photographs of the mustachioed O'Connell, 39, and movie-star-handsome Ellison, 22.

Posted by kshaw at November 15, 2005 04:58 PM