Assignment Record – Rev. Bernard P. Knoth, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit of the Chicago Province ordained in 1977, Knoth was known for his work as an educator. His career took him from Chicago to Indianapolis, Washington DC and New Orleans. In 2003, nine years into his position as President of Loyola University in New Orleans, Knoth was accused of having sexually abused a high school student in Indiana in 1986. Knoth was the school's principal during the time in question. The accusation was deemed credible by his superiors and Knoth was removed from public ministry. He denied the allegation. Knoth moved to Florida and is last known to have been working as a management consultant. He was laicized in 2009. Knoth's name was included on the Jesuits lists released in 2018, and was noted to have multiple allegations against him.       

: 1977
Laicized: August 29, 2009


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1977 1978         Knoth is not indexed in the 1978 Directory.


Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982).

1980 Jesuit School of Theology Chicago IL  


Indianapolis archbishop was Edward Thomas O'Meara (1979-1992).

1988 Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School


• Knoth was accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a Brebeuf student in 1986.

IN Principal 1986-1988 Brebeuf Prep. had 668-564 students, male and female.
1988 1989         Knoth is not indexed in the 1989 Directory.


Chicago archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).

1990 The Jesuit Community at Loyola University Chicago IL staff assistant to the University President  
1990 1991         Koth is not indexed in the 1991 Directory.


Washington DC archbishop was James Aloysius Hickey (1980-2000).

1995 The Jesuit Community at Georgetown University Washington DC    


New Orleans archbishop was Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002), follwed by Alfred Clifton Hughes (2002-2009).

2004 Loyola University New Orleans LA  

Knoth was removed from public ministry in Oct. 2003, after the diocesan review board and his Jesuit superior deemed credible an allegation he had sexually abused a high school student in 1986. Knoth denied the allegation and quietly left New Orleans. He was known in 2007 to be living in Florida, and working as an executive recruiter. His 2013 LinkedIn account showed him to be a Sarasota area management consultant.

Per the Jesuits Midwest list released in 2018, there are multiple allegations of abuse against Knoth. He was laicized in 2009.      


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1979-2004)

Sex Charge Forces Knoth out at Loyola, 1986 Incident at Indiana School Is Credible, Church Panel Finds, By Coleman Warner and Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], October 8, 2003
Advocates Admonish Loyola Not to Forget Alleged Victim
Facts of Abuse Case Remain Skimpy, By Bruce Nolan, Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], October 10, 2003
Sorrow at Loyola, Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], October 16, 2003
Knoth's Life, and Future, Still Enigma
Ex-Loyola President Vanished after Resigning over Abuse Case, By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], October 7, 2004
Former Loyola President Emerges, Ex-Priest out of Sight since Sex Abuse Charge, By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune [New Orleans LA], January 30, 2007
Priest Relieved of His Duties, Alleged Abuse | Listed As 'Absent with Permission' by Jesuits, By Susan Hogan/Albach, Chicago Sun-Times, October 11, 2007
Jesuits 'Sorry' for Clergy Abuse, Critics Say It's All Talk, By Susan Hogan, Chicago Sun-Times, October 26, 2007
Watchdog Group Concerned That Accused Priests Not Being Watched Closely Enough, By Jennifer O'Neill, WBBM, February 25, 2008
When the Levees Leak: New Orleans Jesuits and Fema, What They Knew, October 2, 2012
Linkedin, Jan. 3, 2013

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