2014 June

Jun 08, 2014: Media Advisory: St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson’s Deposition Testimony to be Released Monday

At a news conference Monday in St. Paul, MN attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will: Release video clips and the deposition transcript of the current Archdiocese of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson taken on May 23, 2014 as part of a civil lawsuit in Minnesota. Carlson was ordained in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1970 and rose to the position of Auxiliary Bishop until 1994. Discuss the dist…

Jun 08, 2014: St. Louis Priest Abuse Case Headed for Trial

When the Rev. Joseph D. Ross was assigned to minister at St. Cronan Church, the other priest there already knew his secret.He heard the pastor coming to help him in 1991 had just returned from the St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md., a mental health treatment center for Catholic clergy, according to court filings.The priest recognized that in all likelihood this was code for Ross having just undergone therapy for a sexual attraction to children. Although the priest worried about the well-being of the parishioners, according to court filings, the Archdiocese of St. Louis assured him that R…

Jun 08, 2014: Church Silent on Priest’s Abuse as it Helped Him Work With Kids, Files Show

The Rev. Timothy McCarthy was the “kids’ pastor” who wore sneakers under his vestments and dropped profanities into his sermons. Girls had crushes on him, and parents let their children go camping with him.When McCarthy abruptly resigned the priesthood in 1991, he told his flock at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Maplewood that he had outgrown Catholic Church dogma. He was quitting, he said, to go down a new spiritual path.But newly released files reveal that the church ousted McCarthy after allegations that he sexually abused two boys early in his career and later engaged in an…

Jun 06, 2014: The Diocese of Winona: A Second Chance for an Abusive Priest

In what has become a tragically routine turn of events, another credibly accused priest has been sheltered from justice by Catholic hierarchs.  Indeed, an accused priest, Father Carlos Urrutigoity, was promoted to vicar general of the Diocese of Eastern Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este following accusations of sex abuse in three other locations.  One of these was the Diocese of Winona in Minnesota.Urrutigoity was ordained as a member of the rigidly traditionalist Society of St. Pius X in the Diocese of Winona in 1989.  But far from having a promising start to his career as a priest…

Jun 04, 2014: News Release: Former Archbishop Harry Flynn’s Testimony Released Today

Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn’s sworn testimony, taken May 14, 2014, has been released publicly. Flynn’s deposition was taken in a civil lawsuit involving a man sexually abused in the 1970s by former priest Thomas Adamson.  The entire deposition transcript and video clips are available at http://www.andersonadvocates.com. A DVD copy of the video deposition is also available at our office…