|Rev. Joseph H. Haas
Summary of Case: Haas was removed from active ministry in 2004 after a woman came forward with accusations that he had sexually abused her in 1977-1978 when she was a second grader and parishioner at Holy Rosary parish in Milwaukee. Another, "less serious" accusation was investigated by police in 2000. There were no charges filed.
Milwaukee archbishop was Albert Gregory Meyer (1953-1959), followed by William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
|1969||Holy Rosary||Milwaukee||WI||2/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 408-236 students.|
|1969||1973||St. Hedwig's (Polish)||Milwaukee||WI||2/2, 2/3||Parish had a school with 263-151 students.|
Cousins was succeeded by Rebert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)
• Haas was accused in 2004 of having sexually abused a girl in 1977-1978 when the girl was a Holy Rosary second grader. (Journal Sentinel Online
|WI||1/3, 1/2||Parish had a school with 170-304 students. It consolidated with St. Hedwig's and SS. Peter and Paul's schools in 1982.|
|1983||1995||St. Patrick's||Elkhorn||WI||1/1, 1/2||Parish had a school with 146-192 students, and a religious education program with 235-205 students.|
Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009)
|2004||St. Peter of Alcantara||
• Haas was accused of "inappropriate behavior" in 2000. A police investigation did not substantiate the accusation. (Journal Sentinel Online
|WI||1/1||St. Peter's had a school (consolidated with St. Mary's) with 337-276 students, and a religious education program with 463-350 students.|
Dolan was succeeded by Jerome Edward Listecki (2009-)
|2010||Retired||West Allis||WI||Haas was placed on leave in February 2004, after allegations of abuse stemming from the late 1970s emerged. He retired and agreed not to return to parish ministry in September 2004. (Journal Sentinel Online
September 13, 2004)
|Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2010)
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