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Bruce Ritter

AKA John Ritter

Born: 25-Feb-1927
Birthplace: Trenton, NJ
Died: 7-Oct-1999
Location of death: Decatur, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - Lymphoma

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Matter of Dispute
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Disgraced priest

Military service: US Navy

"I am profoundly saddened by the allegations against me and the need to deny them constantly. I have no way of proving my innocence. My accusers cannot establish my guilt. I devoutly hope the inquiries under way will bring an end to this incredibly painful chapter in my life."

A commissioned report by Kroll Associates determined that Father Bruce had engaged in sexual misconduct with runaway boys at Covenant House. Their report claimed that Ritter's sexcapades reached back to at least 1970.

The church's subsequent plan to ship Father Bruce off to India was scrapped after it became known in 1991.

Sister: Cassie Wallace
Slept with: Kevin Lee Kite (according to Kite)
Slept with: John P. Melican (according to Melican)
Slept with: Darryl J. Bassile (1973-74, according to Bassile)
Slept with: Paul Johnson (according to Johnson)

    Theological: St. Francis Seminary
    Theological: Assumption Seminary, Chaska, MN
    Theological: St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Renssalaer, NY
    Teacher: St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Renssalaer, NY
    Teacher: St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, MA
    Teacher: Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

    Meese Commission Commissioner

Is the subject of books:
Broken Covenant: The Story of Father Bruce Ritter's Fall from Grace, 1992, BY: Charles M. Sennott

Author of books:
Sometimes God Has a Kid's Face: The Story of America's Exploited Street Kids (1988)
Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street (1989)


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