Stop Deaf Child Sexual Abuse
In 1974 a former student reported to the school and the case was closed after a judicial investigation. In the mid-1990s, two U.S. bishops requested the Vatican to conduct a canonical trial against the priest at the request of the Milwaukee Deaf community. Finally, the New York Times releases documents revealing that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger did not respond to more than 200 complaints of sexual abuse against Rev. Lawrence Murphy.
St. John's School for the Deaf in Saint Francis (Milwaukee)
Number of victims
About 200 students.
Term of abuses
24 years (beetween 1950 and 1974).
Rev. Lawrence Murphy
The canonical trial was dismissed because many years had passed since the events and Rev. Lawrence Murphy was very ill at the time of the complaint.
The Reverend was not expelled from the clerical state either because he was repentant, severely ill and had been retired for twenty-four years. So he died without being judged or sanctioned by the Church.