January 18, 2006

Priest accused of sexual abuse dies

Quad-City Times

By The Associated Press

A retired Roman Catholic priest from the Dubuque Archdiocese, who was accused of sexually abusing several boys in the 1950s has died.

The archdiocese learned of his death after he died, but was not told the cause of death, said James Barta, vicar general for archdiocese.

“We found out that he had been in the hospital for several days, but we didn’t know what for,” he said. “We had heard his condition was deteriorating but (the archdiocese) was never told a diagnosis and was never alerted to any imminent death.”

Goltz, who was ordained as a priest in 1950, had several abuse allegations against him. He was named in three lawsuits filed in 2005.

Goltz retired in 1991. In 1992, the Vatican barred him from celebrating mass in public or presenting himself as a priest publicly. In 2005, the Vatican ordered him to live a life of prayer and penance.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2006 07:30 AM