Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Defrocked priest worked next to Norwood private school

Convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department, but what about defrocked priests who were never prosecuted? While details are murky, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, located in Norwood next to a private elementary school, may not have had the community’s best interests in mind while employing former priest Kenneth Roberts, formerly of Dallas, as a cook. According to yesterday’s Enquirer, Mary Edlund, chancellor of the Diocese of Dallas, home to the suspended priests, said, "This is part of the dilemma for the church. You still have individuals like this living in society, so you can understand the concern."

The obvious question is why put the individual on a sprawling campus, home to the practice fields for youth baseball and softball teams, next to the only Catholic elementary school in the community? For us as a community, the question may be what do we need to do regarding private organizations that totally disregard the safety of our children?