Donald Kimball, 62, Defrocked Priest in Sex Cases, Is Dead

Donald Kimball, 62, Defrocked Priest in Sex Cases, Is Dead

Published: September 16, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15 (AP) — Donald Wren Kimball, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest in Sonoma County who was once a nationally renowned youth minister but was later tried on charges of sexually abusing children, was found dead here on Friday. He was 62.

The body was found around 6 a.m. at the home of a friend, said Sgt. Tim Duke of the Sheriff’s Department, with “no evidence to indicate criminal activity.’’

In 2002, a jury acquitted Mr. Kimball of raping a 14-year-old girl in 1977. The woman testified at his trial that Mr. Kimball had raped her behind the altar of a Santa Rosa church and later paid for her abortion.

The same jury convicted Mr. Kimball of molesting a 13-year-old girl in 1981 in his room at a Healdsburg rectory. That conviction was overturned in 2003 after the United States Supreme Court struck down a California law extending the statute of limitations for sex crimes involving children.

The plaintiffs who said they had been victimized received about $120,000 each after the church settled their civil suits against him.

Mr. Kimball also served prison time for his February 2003 conviction for felony assault and vandalism in an attack on photographer for The San Francisco Chronicle in the courthouse during his child molesting trial.

Mr. Kimball, who was ordained in 1969, became a youth leader who, it was alleged, used his charm and popularity to coerce teenage girls to have sex with him. He rose to national prominence in his early 30’s with an award-winning radio show aimed at young people and was known for a ministry that mixed God’s word with rock ’n’ roll.

Abuse accusations against Mr. Kimball first became public in 1997, when a lawsuit was filed against him by four people, including a brother and sister who said he had molested both of them. Criminal charges were filed in 2000 — the same year he was formally removed from the priesthood by Pope John Paul II.

In 1990, after Mr. Kimball acknowledged having sexual contact with six young girls, Bishop John Steinbock, now bishop of Fresno, forced him to give up his youth ministry and suspended him from performing priestly duties.


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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