February 21, 2006

Families Of Hudson Murder Victims Discuss Reforms


(AP) Hudson, Wis. The families of two men likely killed by a priest finally met with Catholic leaders on Monday to discuss reforms they think could have prevented the deaths.

Family members of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison, killed in February 2002 at a Hudson funeral home, met at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, Teresa Kettelkamp, and Bishop Raphael Fliss of the Superior, Wis., diocese.

Kettelkamp is director of the U.S. Bishops' Office of Children and Youth Protection, while Aymond is the chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Child and Youth Protection.

The families said their plan is needed to identify problem priests.

"It was a good first step," said Tom O'Connell Jr. of the three-hour meeting.

Posted by kshaw at February 21, 2006 08:40 AM