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Father Ronald J. Bruckner

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KRQE News 13 - Parishioners stand behind accused ABQ priest
www.krqe.com, 21 Mar 2005 [cached]
Bruckner is now a priest at Our Lady of Annunciation in Albuquerque.
Many of his parishioners are standing behind Bruckner and believe an investigation into the abuse will be proven false.
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"The procedures have been put in motion…an investigation will take place and Father Bruckner will remain on paid administrative leave until the situation is resolved," the statement said.
Romero says the priest's name should never have entered the equation until Bruckner is actually proven guilty.
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Bruckner's six other accusers allege the abuse happened in Albuquerque during the late seventies and early eighties.The Archdiocese of Santa Fe did investigate but it found the claims to be unfounded.
The survivor's network of those abused by priests tells KRQE News 13 Bruckner is due for retirement this summer.
On the Pajarito Plateau of Northern New Mexico, nestled
ihmcc.org, 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
Father Ronald Bruckner became the new pastor of IHM and Fr. Stopa eventually became director of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's Diaconate program. (The Diaconate program allows deacons to serve as assistants to the priests.) The first deacon class in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe began on September 24, 1971, with 23 candidates.
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In 1974, while Fr. Bruckner was pastor, St. Joseph's parish hall in White Rock was built. Archbishop Davis died that year and the Most Rev. Robert Sanchez was named his successor.
SNAP Press Release
www.snapnetwork.org, 30 July 2004 [cached]
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to help them reach out to anyone victimized, or has knowledge of sexual crimes by Father Ronald Bruckner. Bruckner has been accused by six men who allege they were sexually abused as minors by Bruckner in the 1970s and 1980s.
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"Sheehan needs to make public announcements in each parish where Bruckner has worked, saying 'This priest has been accused.
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In a letter you addressed to the priests of the Santa Fe Archdiocese on June 23, 2004, you acknowledged that allegations of sexual wrongdoing have been made against Fr. Ronald Bruckner, who is pastor at Annunciation parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Dr. David B. Heard, a local clinical psychologist, who has had professional interaction with those claiming abuse by Fr. Bruckner.
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In a letter you addressed to the priests of the Santa Fe Archdiocese on June 23, 2004, you acknowledged that allegations of sexual wrongdoing have been made against Fr. Ronald Bruckner, who is pastor at Annunciation parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Dr. David B. Heard, a local clinical psychologist, who has had professional interaction with those claiming abuse by Fr. Bruckner.
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Dr. Heard has written to you on several occasions and alleges a cover-up of this abuse -- as well as false testimony given under oath regarding another issue regarding Fr. Bruckner.
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The odds are high, we fear, and that if Father Bruckner sexually abused these men who have written to you as minors, he actually abused even more children. This means there may be hurting and troubled survivors of Father Bruckner who need support and counseling in your diocese and in New Mexico.
We ask you to do everything in your power to urge survivors to come forward, seek help and contact the police-make appeals from the pulpit, announcements in parish bulletins, and notices in your diocesan newspaper and website. We believe it is imperative that you also notify the media of Fr. Bruckner's parish assignments in New Mexico in order to reach as many survivors as possible.
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So, the question becomes: "What are the possibilities that all of those men who have accused Father Bruckner of sexually abusing them as minors are falsely accusing him?"
You have an obligation to the more than 300,000 Roman Catholics that comprise the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to act immediately. Remove the priest in question while a full and proper investigation, preferably by civil authorities, is done. At a bare minimum, remove Father Bruckner from the advisory board at St. Pius X high school in Albuquerque. We have no doubt this will be an unpleasent experience for you -- but it pales in comparison to the pain felt by survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
We remind you that as Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops you are especially under scrutiny to fully meet all of the criteria set forth by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People To do less, frankly diminishes your credibility and can only inflict greater harm on survivors and your Catholic faithful.
Archbishop Sheehan, now is the time to do the right thing. Santa Fe archdiocesan Catholics deserve complete disclosure about Father Bruckner's past. Survivors need to know they are not alone. We urge you to do your civic and moral duty, and aggressively spread the word about Father Bruckner and these allegations.
The Albuquerque Tribune: Local
www.abqtrib.com, 11 Oct 2005 [cached]
The board members who recommended further sanctions for former Albuquerque priest Ronald Bruckner after finding allegations he sexually abused boys credible have taken an unprecedented step:
They've attached their names to their recommendation.
It's the first time the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's Permanent Review Board has made the identities of its membership known since its inception in 1993.
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Bruckner, 72, retired two months later after 40 years in the priesthood but retained his priestly capacities and was allowed to wear a collar.Under restricted status, he loses both.
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Bruckner's restricted status became effective Sept. 16.He will still receive his pension.
Bruckner continues to deny the allegations, said his attorney, Terry Guebert.
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"Father Bruckner continues to cooperate fully with the investigation and requests that any of his former parishioners who have information about his conduct and character as a priest contact the archdiocese to provide relevant information," Guebert said.
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The latest accuser said the incident occurred in the 1970s when Bruckner was pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos.
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Bruckner, the accuser said, made him disrobe in front of a mirror to re-enact the rape and then engaged him in sexual contact.
The accuser said he came forward in March after his wife saw a Web site run by the New Mexico chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, that detailed other sexual allegations against Bruckner.
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Bruckner was the subject of two previous review board investigations - one in 1995, the other in 2004.
Those investigations centered on six letters sent to the archdiocese in 1995 involving five men who said they were physically and sexually abused by Bruckner when they were attending Our Lady of the Assumption Middle School in Albuquerque in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The letters allege the priest made the boys sleep in his bed with him so they could "bond," wrestled with them in underwear and watched R-rated movies such as "The Blue Lagoon" during sleepovers at the church rectory.
The men also say he made them look at themselves naked in the mirror for therapy, fondled them or spoke about their genitals.
Sheehan said at the time that the board found no credible evidence of sexual misconduct against the priest, although he called the priest's actions "questionable but not sexual abuse."
Sheehan created the board in 1993 shortly after he took over an archdiocese reeling from priest settlements totaling about $50 million.
Bruckner Public Ministry Ends in Scandal
www.snap-newmexico.org, 11 Oct 2005 [cached]
Rabi said those whom Bruckner allegedly molested were forced to wait a decade.
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Bruckner, former pastor of Annunciation, can no longer publicly perform priestly duties because of "credible allegations" of sexually abusing a minor, the archbishop said this week.Terry Guebert, Bruckner's attorney, said in a letter to the Journal on Monday that "Father Bruckner continues to deny these allegations."
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The archdiocese only took action on Bruckner after SNAP put pressure on the archbishop and a review board that examines alleged priestly abuse, he said.Sheehan needs to go to the churches where Bruckner served for more than 40 years and apologize to every Roman Catholic, Rabi said.
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The board members who recommended further sanctions for former Albuquerque priest Ronald Bruckner after finding allegations he sexually abused boys credible have taken an unprecedented step:
They've attached their names to their recommendation.
It's the first time the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's Permanent Review Board has made the identities of its membership known since its inception in 1993.
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Bruckner, 72, retired two months later after 40 years in the priesthood but retained his priestly capacities and was allowed to wear a collar.Under restricted status, he loses both.
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Bruckner's restricted status became effective Sept. 16.He will still receive his pension.
Bruckner continues to deny the allegations, said his attorney, Terry Guebert.
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"Father Bruckner continues to cooperate fully with the investigation and requests that any of his former parishioners who have information about his conduct and character as a priest contact the archdiocese to provide relevant information," Guebert said.
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The latest accuser said the incident occurred in the 1970s when Bruckner was pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos .
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Bruckner, the accuser said, made him disrobe in front of a mirror to re-enact the rape and then engaged him in sexual contact.
The accuser said he came forward in March after his wife saw a Web site run by the New Mexico chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, that detailed other sexual allegations against Bruckner.
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Bruckner was the subject of two previous review board investigations - one in 1995, the other in 2004.
Those investigations centered on six letters sent to the archdiocese in 1995 involving five men who said they were physically and sexually abused by Bruckner when they were attending Our Lady of the Assumption Middle School in Albuquerque in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The letters allege the priest made the boys sleep in his bed with him so they could "bond," wrestled with them in underwear and watched R-rated movies such as "The Blue Lagoon" during sleepovers at the church rectory.
The men also say he made them look at themselves naked in the mirror for therapy, fondled them or spoke about their genitals.
Sheehan said at the time that the board found no credible evidence of sexual misconduct against the priest, although he called the priest's actions "questionable but not sexual abuse."
Sheehan created the board in 1993 shortly after he took over an archdiocese reeling from priest settlements totaling about $50 million.
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Retired Albuquerque priest Ronald Bruckner (2) has been relieved of remaining churchly duties a decade after he was first accused of sexually abusing minors.
An attorney for Bruckner says the Archdiocesan Permanent Review Board, which made the recommendation, hasn't had time to consider the underlying facts in the case.But an advocacy group for victims of priest abuse is asking why it took the board and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe so long to chastise Bruckner.
Bruckner, 72, was placed on restricted status effective Sept. 16 after a unanimous recommendation from the review board.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan said the board concluded "there were credible allegations" of sexual abuse of minors.
Under restricted status, Bruckner will not be allowed to wear a Roman collar or exercise priestly duties, but Sheehan said Bruckner still will receive his pension.
Bruckner has been on paid leave from his duties as longtime pastor of Our Lady of the Annuciation Church since March, when a new allegation of misconduct surfaced.
The alleged events are said to have occurred 30 years ago.
Bruckner retired from the priesthood in May but had still been allowed to perform priestly duties and wear the clerical garb of a priest.
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Bruckner received two letters from the archbishop regarding the findings of the Permanent Review Board, including one in June that recommended that Bruckner voluntarily participate in an evaluation process because of the "questionable nature and credibility of the allegations" and to give the board more time to evaluate the information, Guebert said.
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Bruckner received a second letter in September, but Guebert said the letter again does not indicate that the board found the allegations credible.
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"Rather, the letter states that the board recommended that he be placed on restricted status because Father Bruckner had not completed the evaluation process," Guebert said.
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Bruckner is accused of making a male teen rape victim disrobe in front of a mirror to re-enact the rape and then engaged the teen in sexual contact.
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Bruckner had also been the subject of two previous Review Board investigations.
Those investigations centered on six letters sent to the archdiocese in 1995 involving five men who said they were physically and sexually abused by Bruckner when they were attending Our Lady of the Assumption Middle School in Albuquerque in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The letters allege the priest made the boys sleep in his bed with him so they could "bond," wrestled with them in underwear and watched R-rated movies such as "The Blue Lagoon" during sleepovers at the church rectory.
The men also say he made them look at themselves naked in the mirror for therapy, fondled them or spoke about their genitals.
Sheehan said at the time that the board found no credible evidence of sexual misconduct against the priest, although he called the priest's actions "questionable but not sexual abuse."
New Mexico SNAP Director Steven Rabi said Sheehan's decision to place Bruckner on restricted status is a good start but one that comes far too late.
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March 2005: Bruckner placed on paid leave from Annunciation.
May 27, 2005: Retires from priesthood.
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Archbishop Michael Sheehan has taken action against retired Rev. Ronald Bruckner, placing him "on restricted status."
Sheehan told the Journal on Sunday that he made his decision after a unanimous recommendation from the Archdiocesan Permanent Review Board last month.The archbishop said the board findings concluded "there were credible allegations."The nine-person board, including two priests, assists the archbishop in his determination of clergy suitability for ministry.
Bruckner was a longtime pastor at Our Lady of The Assumption Church.He has been on administrative leave from the Northeast Heights parish since March because of sexual misconduct claims.
The archdiocese review board has shared its findings with the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office
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Besides no longer participating in public ministry, Bruckner is not allowed to wear a Roman collar.He will still receive his pension, according to Sheehan.
Bruckner is in his early 70s.
A man in his 40s claimed in March that Bruckner inappropriately touched him.He said the incident occurred when he was a teenager alone in the priest's apartment.
The man, whose name was not disclosed, wrote that he learned on the Internet of six other men who had sent accusations about Bruckner to the archdiocese in 1995.Then, the review board ruled there was no credible evidence of abuse regarding Bruckner.
He served the archdiocese for more than 40 years.
The archdiocese was rocked by a sexual abuse scandal in the 1990s when more than 20 priests were dismissed and then-Archbishop Robert Sanchez lost his job.
Bruckner, who denies these allegations, is completing the review process, Terry Guebert wrote in a statement Sunday to the Albuquerque Journal.
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