The Diocese of Des Moines
Diocese Awaits Verdict
December 1, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

A trial on the invasion of privacy charges against Father Paul Monahan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines, has concluded and Judge Gary Anderson, district associate judge of Iowa District 4, has decided to take the case under advisement.

The charges stemmed from an incident involving Father Monahan at a high school track meet in April, 2016.

Bishop Richard Pates first became aware on July 8 that law enforcement was investigating five allegations against Father Monahan. Following diocesan protocol, Bishop Pates suspended the retired priest from all public ministry during the investigation and adjudication. The diocese’s first priority is in creating a safe environment for children.

Bishop Pates extends thanks all involved in seeking to bring this matter to resolution.

Father Monahan was ordained in 1960 and retired in 2004. He taught at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs. In 1975, he became principal of St. Albert High School. In 1979, he began parish ministry, serving six parishes. In retirement, he has served at St. Albert Schools as a senior chaplain.

The diocese offers counseling and assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse and encourages victims of clergy or church personnel to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Advocate, Sherry Knox, at 515-286-2028 or or  Knox works for Polk County Victim Assistance and can help with making a complaint and seeking support. Save to


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