2014 June

Jun 24, 2014: News Release: Hearing Wednesday Seeks Electronically Stored Information from Archdiocese

 News ReleaseJune 24, 2014Sexual abuse survivor, attorneys will request release of electronically stored information from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and MinneapolisRamsey County Hearing Moved to 9:00 AM Wednesday, June 25, 2014(St. Paul, MN) – On Wednesday June 25, 2014, at 9:00 AM in Ramsey County District Court, Judge John Van de North may decide whether the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona will be required to turn over electronically stored information in the Doe 1 civil lawsuit filed in May 2013. Doe 1, along with his attorneys are also seeking a…

Jun 11, 2014: Archbishop Sparks Controversy on Fifth Anniversary in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — It was supposed to be a happy day for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.Tuesday (June 10) marked the fifth anniversary of his installation as St. Louis’ archbishop, the shepherd of the region’s Roman Catholics.But any celebrating on the part of Carlson was done in the midst of nationwide headlines about his connection to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church for more than a decade.On Monday, attorney Jeff Anderson released a deposition in which Carlson said he was uncertain whether during his time as auxiliary archbishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and…

Jun 11, 2014: Family Accuses Ex-St. John’s Prep Headmaster of Abuse

COLLEGEVILLE St. John’s Abbey Abbot John Klassen on Tuesday called allegations of inappropriate sexual contact by a former St. John’s Prep School headmaster against a former member of the St. John’s Boys’ Choir unsubstantiated and defended his integrity and character.The allegations of inappropriate contact by the Rev. Timothy Backous surfaced in a letter sent May 31 by Chris and Kathy McDermid, who live in St. Cloud and whose son was in the choir when it made a trip to Europe in 1990, to Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The letter was copied to Klassen…

Jun 10, 2014: Attorney pursuing abuse claims seeks electronic data from archdiocese in deep search of files

MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking a judge in St. Paul to order the archdiocese to turn over its electronic data on accused priests — such as emails, texts and data on hard drives — so they can get an even deeper look at what church leaders knew and when.If the judge agrees, attorney Jeff Anderson said, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be required to turn over more of its internal communications than ever before.”I think it really will give us a very deep insight into the inner workings (of the church) and the conscious choices bein…

Jun 10, 2014: ABC: USA Swimming Head ‘Sorry’ Four Years After Investigation Into Sports’ Sexual Abuse

The head of USA Swimming recently offered a dramatic apology to the young swimmers who were victims of sexual abuse in his organization — four years after he told ABC News he had nothing to be sorry for. “I’m sorry,” read the first words of a post by USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus, published on a USA Swimming blog Friday. “Those are powerful words some people have wanted to hear from me for a long time.” Wielgus said he has been criticized for years for “not apologizing for not having done more to prevent sexual abuse by [swim] coaches” and said he brought the critici…

Jun 10, 2014: Vice News: Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse in Mexico Vanishes

A Catholic priest in northern Mexico is still nowhere to be found after 19 people filed a sexual abuse criminal complaint against him with authorities late last month.Eduardo Córdova, a clergyman and legal representative for the church in the state of San Luis Potosi, is accused of using his clout to prey upon minors over the course of his 30-year career.Evidence has been passed on to prosecutors but no formal charges have been filed yet. Cordova’s current whereabouts are unknown.The Vatican has since stripped Córdova of his clerical functions, following investigations into the alleged sexual …