January 11, 2006

Bishop Gumbleton reveals he was sexually abused by a priest

ByAbuse Tracker

Speaking before the Ohio House Judiciary Committee today Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit is to reveal that he was "inappropriately touched" by a priest as a teenager 60 years ago, the first U.S. bishop to reveal himself as a victim of clergy sex abuse.

The revelation comes in a statement from Gumbleton endorsing legislation in Ohio that would open a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits over sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it took place. The legislation is opposed by the bishops of Ohio.

The Washington Post published a story about Gumbleton's testimony today. NCR obtained a copy of the bishop's statement, the complete text of which follows this story.

Posted by dcoday at January 11, 2006 10:38 AM