March 09, 2006

Top U.S. Bishop Accused of Sex Abuse

CBS News

SPOKANE, Wash., Mar. 9, 2006

(AP) A woman has accused the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops of sexually abusing her more than four decades ago when she was a child.

Bishop William Skylstad issued a statement Wednesday categorically denying the accusation, saying he has not violated the vow of celibacy he took 47 years ago.

The claim was filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane on Dec. 27 by a woman who said she was under the age of 18 when Skylstad sexually abused her at St. Patrick's Parish and at Gonzaga University from December 1961 to December 1964.

The woman's claim was first reported Wednesday by the Spokesman-Review newspaper of Spokane.

Skylstad, 70, was a student at Gonzaga University from 1962-1966 and taught mathematics to students at Mater Cleri Seminary at Colbert, north of Spokane.

Posted by kshaw at March 9, 2006 07:24 AM