|Rev. Jerome A. Wagner
Summary of Case: Wagner was accused in the 1980s of giving alcohol to young people and making sexual advances toward a 15-year- old boy. He remained in ministry until 2002, when the U.S. bishops estabished a zero tolerance sexual abuse policy. By 2007 he was laicized.
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
|1978||Immaculate Conception||West Bend||WI||2/2||Immaculate Conception had a school with 268-235 students.|
Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. succeeded Cousins (1977-2002)
|1983||St. Francis De Sales Prep. Seminary High School/Call to Ministry Program||Milwaukee||WI||Faculty member; Vocational Director 1978-1979 and 1980-1983; Co-Director 1979-1980.||This school had 145-55 students.|
• In the 1980s Wagner was accused of supplying alcohol to young people and of making sexual advances toward a 15 year-old boy on one of those occasions in the St. Jerome rectory.
|WI||2/2, 1/2||St. Jerome's had a school with 281-304 students.|
|1986||2000||St. Louis||Fond du Lac||WI||1/1||St. Louis' had an elementary school with 431-163 students until 1992, at which point it consolidated with other area Catholic schools to form FACES (Fond du Lac Area Catholic Education System). St. Louis' had a religious education program with 243-172 students.|
|1997||2000||St. Peter's||St. Peter||WI||1/1||St. Peter's had a religious education program with 175-171 students.|
|2000||2002||Holy Family||Fond du Lac||WI||5/5||Holy Family had a religious education program with 974-1,690 students. (St. Louis' and St. Peter's closed in 2000.)|
Timothy Michael Dolan replaced Weakland (2002-2009)
|2003||On Leave||Wagner is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.|
|2003||2012||Fond du Lac||WI||
In May 2012 the archdiocese acknowledged paying Wagner $20,000 to leave ministry. They explained that they paid Wagner and other priests leaving the ministry as "a form of charity".
Wagner graduated fro mortuary school in 2004 and was known in 2012 to be a licensed funeral director in Fon du Lac.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1973-2003)
• Local Priests' Futures Hang in Balance As Bishops Meet, By Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald, June 13, 2002