Retired priest to speak about whistleblowers group

Retired Wisconsin priest to speak about work with whistleblowers group focused on clergy abuse

A retired Wisconsin priest is speaking out about his work with a whistleblowers group focused on clergy sexual abuse.

Rev. James Connell is the former vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He also served as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus and Saint Clement parishes in Sheboygan.

Connell often joins victims of clergy sexual abuse at news conferences and has called publicly for the Milwaukee archdiocese and other church organizations to be more open about their handling of sexual abuse cases.

He is on the steering committee of Catholic Whistleblowers, a group of current and former priests, nuns and others working to shed light on abuse and church leaders’ response.

Connell will speak Tuesday to the Milwaukee Press Club about his efforts.