Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy resigns over sexual abuse allegations


Fr Mulloy Sized

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Catholic Diocese of Rapid City has announced the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy, who was appointed the Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota on June 19, 2020.

On August 7, 2020, the Diocese of Rapid City received notification of an allegation against Father Mulloy of sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980’s. The Diocese has no other allegations of sexual abuse involving Father Mulloy at this time.

Father Mulloy served as diocesan administrator for Rapid City after former Rapid City Bishop Robert D. Gruss was installed as bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, in 2019.

The Rapid City Diocese encourages anyone who believes they have been abused by a member of the clergy or employee of the diocese, regardless of when the harm occurred, to first report the matter to law enforcement. They are invited to contact the Diocese to receive the help and healing they deserve.

To report allegations of sexual abuse by church personnel, contact the Victim Assistance coordinator, Barbara Scherr. To ensure confidentiality in her outreach to victims, she can be contacted privately at 1-605-209-3418 (cell). Her phone has caller ID and messaging features. All information will be treated confidentially.

In accordance with diocesan policy, all allegations of sexual misconduct involving children or young people and priests, deacons, lay employees, or volunteers serving the Diocese of Rapid City will be reported to civil authorities and investigated.

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