Fr. Bernard Knoth (Jesuits) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

| May 24, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Bernard Knoth

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1977

Removed: 2003

Left Society of Jesus and Ministry: 2009

Laicized: 2009

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1974      St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL)
  • 1974-1980      Jesuit School of Theology (Chicago, IL)
  • 1980-1988      Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (Indianapolis, IN)
  • 1989-1990      Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • 1990-1995      Georgetown University (Washington, DC) Chaplain-in-residence, Assistant Dean, and Professor of Education
  • 1995-2003      Loyola University (New Orleans, LA) – University President
  • 2004-2009      Jesuit Community (Chicago, IL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Bernard Knoth:

Father Bernard Knoth was a Jesuit priest of the Chicago Province known for his work as an educator. He served in Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington DC and New Orleans.

According to media reports, in 2003, nine years into his position as President of Loyola University, he was accused of sexually abusing a high school student in 1986 at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis, where he was principal from 1986 to 1988. No further information regarding the allegation including age/gender of the victim was disclosed. He denied the allegation, but the diocesan review board and his Jesuit superior deemed accusation credible. Father Knoth was removed from public ministry, and he resigned as President of Loyal University in New Orleans.

In 2004, a second sexual misconduct claim was made.  It was deemed credible by the Midwest Province and made public in 2018.  It related to an incident in which Knoth abused a minor in 1987. This charge was reported to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which then reported the accusation to the Chicago Province, now the Midwest Province.  No criminal charges were filed against Knoth.

As of 2007, he has been living and working as an executive recruiter in Sarasota, FL. In August 2009, he was laicized.

In October 2018, Father Knoth’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One month later in November it appeared on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list. In December 2018, his name appeared on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province’s list, and the Jesuits Midwest’s list, which noted multiple allegations.

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