January 12, 2006

75-year-old Detroit bishop says he was inappropriately touched by a priest six decades ago

The Michigan Daily

January 12, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A Detroit bishop revealed he was touched inappropriately by a priest 60 years ago, saying he waited to discuss the abuse until it would do the most good.

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is believed to be the first U.S. Roman Catholic bishop to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse by clergy.

Gumbleton, 75, spoke yesterday in support of an Ohio bill that would remove time limits that have prevented past victims from suing the church over their alleged abuse. He said some perpetrators have not yet been exposed, and the only way to ensure they will is through the courts.

Ohio bishops agree with extending the time limits for future abuse cases but have vigorously lobbied against a provision allowing a one-year window for victims to sue over abuse that happened up to 35 years ago.

I regret that we need this type of legislation, but I insist we do need it, Gumbleton said before meeting with House lawmakers who are undecided on the bill.

Posted by kshaw at January 12, 2006 07:20 AM