2014 April

Apr 07, 2014: News Release: Former Hawaii Bp. Joseph Ferrario Named in 5th Lawsuit

News ReleaseApril 7, 2014

Sex
abuse lawsuit filed against diocese, former bishopNew Hawaii predator priest exposed

Deadline
to come forward, use courts is April 24 

(Honolulu, HI) – Less than three weeks before a legal
deadline, a Honolulu man has come forward and filed a lawsuit charging that he
was sexually abused by Catholic priests and a former Catholic bishop.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, says that the victim, John Roe 27, was sexually
abused at St. Stephen’s Seminary and Damien Memorial School. The boy was a
14-year-old student at St. Stephen’s in 1968 when …

Apr 03, 2014: Youth Pastor Child Solicitation Charges Illustrate Need for More Effective Child Protection Measures

Recent reports that a Twin Cities youth pastor was charged with trying to solicit nude photos from girls ages 13 to 15 via social media sites serve as a reminder that churches and other organizations that work with youth have a long way to go regarding protecting minors from adult predators.Matthew T. Boos, 24, of St. Louis Park, Minn., a youth pastor at River Valley Church in Savage, Minn., was charged Monday with two felonies related to soliciting sexual conduct with a minor via electronic communications. He allegedly posed as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook and other sites and solicited girls..

Apr 02, 2014: Twin Cities Archdiocese Releases Details on Two Abusive Priests

Newly released church documents involving clergy working in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis describe one priest allegedly sexually abusing a brain-injured woman and another abusing a teenage boy who killed himself and his wife years later in a murder-suicide. The new details were revealed in a statement by the archdiocese late Monday as part of a lawsuit that is also compelling Archbishop John Nienstedt to testify under oath Wednesday about decades’ worth of alleged abuse. The archdiocese was ordered by a judge to disclose tens of thousands of pages of documents…

Apr 01, 2014: News Release: Nuisance, Spoliation Claims to Proceed in Lawsuit Involving Curtis Wehmeyer

 News ReleaseApril 1, 2014Judge Allows Unprecedented Legal Claims to Move Forward in Lawsuit Involving Father Curtis Wehmeyer Claims include nuisance and spoliation of evidence(St. Paul, MN) – Today, Ramsey County Judge John Van de North issued an Order allowing Doe 31, who was sexually abused by Father Curtis Wehmeyer, to move forward with legal claims for nuisance and spoliation and offered Doe 31 a chance to amend the complaint filed on January 30, 2014 to include additional details in support of false advertising and deceptive trade practices claims to demonstrate the Archdiocese…

Apr 01, 2014: Archdiocese: Priest Abuse Victim Later Killed Wife, Committed Suicide

Local Catholic church officials have released new details about a pair of abusive priests showing that one priest was accused of sexually abusing a brain-injured woman and another sexually abused a boy who did not want his community to know what happened. That victim later killed himself and his wife in a murder-suicide, the church said. The disclosures are part of a lawsuit in Ramsey County Court that is also compelling Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough to testify under oath about a wide range of cases over decades where the archdiocese learned of abuses by …