Robert Joseph Banks

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Robert Joseph Banks
Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay
DioceseGreen Bay
AppointedOctober 16, 1990
InstalledDecember 5, 1990
Term endedOctober 10, 2003
PredecessorAdam Maida
SuccessorDavid Zubik
OrdinationDecember 20, 1952
by Luigi Traglia
ConsecrationSeptember 19, 1985
by Bernard Francis Law, Daniel Anthony Cronin, and John Aloysius Marshall
Personal details
Born (1928-02-26) February 26, 1928 (age 91)
Boston, Massachusetts
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Boston
MottoBlessed be God
Styles of
Robert Joseph Banks
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Robert Joseph Banks (born February 26, 1928) is a retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1990 to 2003.[1]


Early life, ordination and ministry[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on February 20, 1952, for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. From 1967 to 1981 he served as rector of St. John's Seminary in Boston. He was removed from that position by Cardinal Medeiros in 1981[citation needed] and served as parochial vicar of St. Mark's Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale, Massachusetts until 1985, when he was made an Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. He also served at St. Mary's Church in Dedham, Massachusetts.[2]

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston[edit]

On July 26, 1985 Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Boston Archdiocese, and he was consecrated on September 19, 1985.

Bishop of Green Bay[edit]

On October 10, 1990, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Banks the Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese. Bishop Banks retired as ordinary on October 10, 2003.[3][4]

Abuse scandal[edit]

Bishop Banks was accused of overlooking a priest's alleged pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal while he was an auxiliary bishop at Boston.[5]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Commemorative Booklet of the Jubilee Mass in Celebration of the One-Hundredth Anniversary of Saint Mary of the Assumption Church Dedham, Massachusetts 1880-1890. October 17, 1980.
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  5. ^ "Green Bay bishop overlooked priest's alleged pedophilia". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 2002-11-21. Archived from the original on 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-08-14.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Adam Maida
Bishop of Green Bay
Succeeded by
David Zubik
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Succeeded by