2014 January

Jan 31, 2014: Archdiocese to Judge: Block Top Officials From Testifying in St. Paul Park Case

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has asked a judge to block depositions of top officials by attorneys representing an alleged sexual abuse victim.A plaintiff identified as John Doe 1 sued the archdiocese, the Diocese of Winona and former priest Thomas Adamson in May 2013, alleging sexual abuse by Adamson between 1976 and 1977.Adamson was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas church in St. Paul Park at the time.The plaintiff’s attorneys, Jeff Anderson and Michael Finnegan, told the court in a motion filed Tuesday that the archdiocese had refused to answer questions and provide documents…

Jan 31, 2014: Leader-Telefram: Prosecution Rests Case Against Van de Loo

Prosecution attorneys rested their case Thursday in the sexual assault trial of former Eau Claire pediatrician David Van de Loo at the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior.Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King and Karie Cattanach, an assistant attorney general with the state Department of Justice, spent the last seven days presenting their witnesses.Van de Loo’s attorneys, Rich White of Eau Claire and Stephen Hurley of Madison, begin their case today with witness testimony.Van de Loo, 61, faces 16 sexual assault-related felony charges involving 15 former juvenile male patients at Mayo…

Jan 30, 2014: News Release: Judge Dismisses Yeshiva University High School Lawsuit in New York

 News ReleaseJanuary 30, 2014Landmark Lawsuit Involving Yeshiva University High School DismissedJudge dismisses 32 sexual abuse claims based on the statute of limitations(New York, NY) – Judge John G. Koeltl issued an order today dismissing a civil lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York on behalf of 32 former students of Yeshiva University High School in New York.  The defendants named in the lawsuit were Yeshiva University, Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy-Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi Norman Lamm, Rabbi Robert Hirt and various members of the Board o…

Jan 27, 2014: St. Cloud Bishop, Abbey Abbot: We Named all Alleged Abusers

The St. Cloud diocese and St. John’s Abbey have made public all of the names of priests and monks who have credible allegations against them of sexual misconduct with minors, according to the leaders of both institutions.Abbot John Klassen and Bishop Donald Kettler said Monday that they are confident they know of all allegations made against members of their orders to date and that the names of those credibly accused have been released.Klassen and Kettler met Monday with the St. Cloud Times Editorial Board, at the invitation of Executive Editor John Bodette, to discuss the ongoing clergy sex a…

Jan 27, 2014: St. Cloud Bishop, Abbey Abbot: We Named all Alleged Abusers

The St. Cloud diocese and St. John’s Abbey have made public all of the names of priests and monks who have credible allegations against them of sexual misconduct with minors, according to the leaders of both institutions.Abbot John Klassen and Bishop Donald Kettler said Monday that they are confident they know of all allegations made against members of their orders to date and that the names of those credibly accused have been released…

Jan 23, 2014: Battle Over Insurance in Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy Heats Up

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking to recover more than $2.6 million in legal fees from the firm now known as OneBeacon Insurance Co.On the same day, OneBeacon asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley to lift the automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy on all litigation involving the archdiocese so the Wisconsin Supreme Court can decide once and for all whether the insurer is liable for the church’s actions related to the sexual abuse of children.Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said it would oppose OneBeacon’s motion, saying “it d…

Jan 22, 2014: Media Advisory: Diocese of Duluth Seeks to Dismiss Nuisance Claim in Hearing Today

Media AdvisoryJanuary 22, 2014Hearing Today Could Lead to Release of Secret Documents from the Diocese of Duluth (Duluth, MN) – Today at 1:30PM at a hearing in St. Louis County District Court, the Diocese of Duluth will request Judge David M. Johnson dismiss the public nuisance count in a sexual abuse case involving Father John Nicholson. Today’s hearing could lead to the release of secret documents that detail what the Diocese of Duluth bishops and officials knew about these priests, when they knew it, and what they did in response to the abuse reports will be released. Su…