Rev. James R. Schook
Summary of Case: In July 2009, Schook was placed on leave by the archdiocese due to an allegation that he had abused a teenage male in 1985. Four more men subsequently came forward with accusations that they, too, had been molested by Schook, in the 1970s and 1980s.
Louisville archbishop was Thomas Joseph McDonough (1967-1981)
|1980||St. Thomas More||
• Schook was accused in 2009 by five men of having sexually abused them in the 1970s and 1980s, when they were children. (The Courier-Journal
|Parish had a school with 263-236 students.|
|1980||1981||St. Raphael the Archangel||Louisville||KY||4/4||Parish had a school with 518 students.|
Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P. succeeded McDonough (1981-2007)
|1985||Ascension of Our Lord||Louisville||KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 408-432 students.|
• A man reported in 2009 that Schook molested him as a teenager in 1985 (off of church property). (WLKY
|KY||2/2||Parish had a school with 395-378 students.|
|1987||1988||St. Polycarp||Pleasure Ridge Park||KY||2/2 Parish had a school with 391 students.|
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|1988||1994||Our Lady of Consolation||Valley Station||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 240-150 students.|
|1994||1999||St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi||Payneville||KY||1/1|
Joseph Edward Kurtz replaced Kelly
Affiliated with the parish was the Thomas Merton Child Development Center, which had 121-77 students. There was also a catechesis program from 2003-2009 with 75-8 students.
Schook was placed on leave in July 2009 after a man came forward with an accusation that Schook molested him when he was a teenager. (WAVE
Four more people surfaced with accusations of sexual abuse by Schook in the 1970s and 1980s, when they were minors. (The Courier-Journal
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1976-2009)
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This assignment record was last updated on Jan. 21, 2010