2012 July

Jul 27, 2012: Court rejects Adamson abuse case based on Keenan’s repressed memory

Minneapolis, Minn. —The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court’s ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state’s six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed …

Jul 25, 2012: Press Event: Former Priest to Reveal Secret Cover-up of Clergy Sex Abuse in Winona Diocese and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul

Media Advisory
News Conference, Thursday, July 26 @ 1:30 P.M. CDT
[Streamed live at www.andersonadvocates.com]
Former Priest to reveal secret cover-up of clergy sex abuse in Winona Diocese and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul
Because the court nixed trial, Priest who was witness 
to secrets says he is compelled to tell all 
What:  At a press conference on Thursday in St. Paul, clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson and clergy abuse survivor Jim Keenan will join a former priest of the Diocese of Winona and employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who will reveal his personal experience in how and when and where the officials of the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis knowingly conspired to conceal the sexual abuse and crimes against multiple children for over two decades.  

Jul 25, 2012: News Release: New clergy sex abuse case filed against Archdiocese of Philadelphia

 News ReleaseJuly 25, 2012New clergy sex abuse case filed against Archdiocese of PhiladelphiaSt. Augustine religious order and prominent school Malvern Prep also cited as defendants(Philadelphia) A new lawsuit was filed today in Philadelphia County Court on behalf of a Delaware County man against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Order of St. Augustine, a/k/a Augustinian, the prominent Philadelphia area Malvern Preparatory School and the alleged offender, John R. Liggio–a priest assigned to the school under the authority of both the Archdiocese and the religious order of Augustinians….

Jul 25, 2012: Jeff Anderson re: Minnesota Supreme Court decision – John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

 July 25, 2012Statement of Jeff Anderson re: Minnesota Supreme Court decision – John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona“We are deeply disappointed and shocked by the decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court to deny access to justice for this victim of childhood sexual abuse who repressed the memory of his abuse because it was so traumatic.  In its decision the court determined that science concerning repression of memory is unsettled enough that it can’t be used in the court and thus denies  Jim Keenan access to a trial–for this we are deepl…

Jul 24, 2012: Monsignor William Lynn gets 3-6 years in Philadelphia church sex abuse cover-up

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA –  coveMonsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. Roman Catholic church official convicted of covering up child abuse claims, was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years behind bars.Lynn, 61, had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison for his felony child endangerment conviction. He was cleared of three related charges at trial.Lynn , the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said that Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb … …

Jul 19, 2012: Lawsuit claims St. John’s Abbey knew of sexual abuse in 1958

A lawsuit filed today against St. John’s Abbey accuses the religious order of knowing about sexual abuse allegations against a member of the order as far back as 1958, yet letting him teach at St. John’s until 1990.The lawsuit alleges fraud by intentional non-disclosure and fraud by intentional misrepresentation and accuses the abbey of keeping what it knew about the Rev. Allen Tarlton quiet.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former student at St. John’s Prep, where Tarlton taught English. Identified in the lawsuit only as John Doe LP, the student was sexually abused by Tarlton in the early …

Jul 19, 2012: Retrial ordered in abuse victims’ fraud claim against diocese

A judge on Wednesday ordered a new trial for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by two childhood victims of clergy abuse.In an 11-page decision, Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger threw out a $700,000 verdict awarded to two brothers, now adults, by a jury in May. Krueger outlined information a juror should have expressed to the court before the fraud trial, WLUK-TV reported.An attorney for the diocese had argued a retrial is necessary because jurors who made the award had expressed concerns about possible bias by one of the jury members.

Jul 16, 2012: Three men settle sexual abuse suits

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Three men who filed the first sexual abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system against the Catholic Church have recently settled their cases.The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/4FPz5i) that the men will receive money as part of the settlement from the priest who is accused of sexually abusing them, the Diocese of Gallup, the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque and another church entity.Patrick Noaker, an attorney who represented the men, said his clients have asked that the settlement amounts not be publicly disclosed.The lawsuits al…

Jul 16, 2012: Legal experts link Penn State, Catholic church scandals

HARRISBURG — Legal experts say emails and other evidence from the
Penn State sex abuse case suggest that Joe Paterno and other university
officials put boys in danger with their failure to report sexual abuse
allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago.The
allegations are similar to those made against a top Philadelphia
archdiocese official who was convicted on child endangerment charges
last month.Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver
said former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s investigative report on the Penn
State scandal reads like a prosecution case for a…