2011 April

Apr 29, 2011: Accused Of Sexual Abuse: The Monks That Live Next Door

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Earlier this month, St. John’s Abbey in
Collegeville mailed letters to thousands of St. John’s Prep School alumni saying
over a period of more than 40 years, 17 monks had “credible allegations of
sexual abuse brought against them.”
Four of the monks have died, 10 remain at the Abbey with restrictions imposed
on their activities.
But three of the monks accused of sexually abusing children and young adults 
live here in the Twin Cities.

Apr 22, 2011: Judge orders Vatican to show files in abuse case

A federal judge in Oregon ruled Thursday that the
Vatican must respond to certain requests for information from a man who says he
was molested by a priest in the 1960s.
The man known in court documents as John V. Doe filed suit eight years ago.
He seeks to hold the Vatican liable for the abuse he said he suffered from the
Rev. Andrew Ronan, who died in 1992.

Apr 14, 2011: Attorney: Lawsuit against Vatican will be long and hard battle

The Vatican has been served with court papers related to allegations in a
sexual abuse case. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said this week he was
notified that the papers were successfully filed through official diplomatic
The lawsuit was filed nearly a year ago in federal court on behalf of Terry
Kohut, now of Chicago. It claims Pope Benedict and two other top Vatican
officials knew about allegations of sexual abuse at St. John’s School for the
Deaf outside Milwaukee, and called off internal punishment of the accused
priest, the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy.

Apr 13, 2011: Vatican served with court papers in Wisconsin abuse case

The Vatican has been served with court papers stemming
from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse against a now-deceased priest at a
Wisconsin school for the deaf.Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the man
making the allegations, said he had been notified the papers were filed through
official diplomatic channels.”Every time we make a step forward, as long
as that takes, we are going in the right direction,” Anderson said. “And the
direction we’re headed is a measure of accountability. We really believe that we
need to put some heat on the Vatican to bring some light.”

Apr 12, 2011: Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s questionable transfers of money leading up to bankruptcy

Yesterday the Creditors’ Committee in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bankruptcy
proceedings asked the Court to hire a forensic accounting firm to scrutinize the
Archdiocese and Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s transfer of millions of dollars in
the years leading up to the bankruptcy. The forensic accountants the
Creditor’s Committee is recommending are experts in reviewing financial affairs
of organizations, including transfers of money by the organization.