Bishop O'Keefe -- head of the Davenport Roman Catholic diocese from 1966 to 1993 -- died in April 2000 at age 82.
The SAU board's decision -- at a special meeting Friday -- was based on the recommendation of an ad hoc committee of the board appointed by former SAU president Edward Rogalski."While a very difficult decision, the board felt it was the right thing to do for the university, as well as a step taken in the spirit of promoting healing within the diocese and, in a larger sense, for all victims of abuse," the board said in a prepared statement."Obviously, it was not an easy decision," Bishop Martin Amos - current head of the diocese and president of the SAU board - said later Friday."They really felt it was the right thing to do," he said of the board. I hope it says that we are serious about this business."The library - named for Bishop O'Keefe when it opened in 1996 -- will be referred to as the St.
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Both abusers and church bureaucrats who tolerated abuse were honored," Mr.
Mc Kiernan said of building names and displays of portraits.
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According to an article in the SAU student newspaper, The Buzz, Bishop O'Keefe told Mr.
Powell to keep silent when he reported the abuse as a 17-year-old seminarian in the 1970s."I want them to acknowledge the pain I've suffered, and many have suffered, because of what Bishop O'Keefe failed to do," Mr. In March, the SAU board adopted a policy that said "the naming of buildings is a permanent act, but if the honoree violates the standards of integrity and civic leadership, it can be removed by an ad hoc subcommittee of three board members."The Davenport diocese has settled 43 lawsuits against priests for about million.
Bishop Hayes served as head of the diocese from 1958 to 1966, immediately prior to Bishop O'Keefe. The request maintained that the removal was warranted because of the bishop’s failure to take the necessary precautions to protect children from clergy sexual abuse that occurred during his tenure as bishop of the Davenport Diocese.
Guided by the university’s naming policy, the board determined that the request justified the removal of Bishop O’Keefe’s name from the SAU library.