2014 July

Jul 23, 2014: Father Michael Kolar Priest File

The priest file of former Archdiocesan priest Father Michael Kolar was made public due to a civil lawsuit filed in Ramsey County in 2013 by a survivor of Father Thomas Adamson.  Doe 1 and his attorneys successfully sought and obtained the release of a list of credibly accused priests and their secret files from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona. Father Michael Kolar worked in the Archdiocese for decades and with the help of top Church officials, including now-Archbishop Robert Carlson and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough, Kolar was allowed to remain i…

Jul 18, 2014: News Release: Archdiocese, Diocese of Winona Seek to Dismiss Doe 1 Case in Monday Hearing

(St. Paul, MN) – On Monday, July 21, 2014, at 1:30PM in Ramsey County District Court, Judge John Van de North will hear oral arguments  pertaining to numerous legal issues in the Doe 1 vs. Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona civil lawsuit.One of the issues the Archdiocese and Diocese of Winona seek to dismiss is the public nuisance legal claim. The Archdiocese also contends it did not know of…

Jul 15, 2014: Affidavit of Jennifer Haselberger

Attorneys for a sexual abuse survivor, Doe 1, filed and made public a sworn statement signed by former Chancellor of Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, Jennifer Haselberger.  The affidavit was filed in response to the Archdiocese’s attempt to throw Doe 1’s civil lawsuit out of court.Affidavit of Jennifer Haselberger

Jul 14, 2014: Deposition of Andrew Eisenzimmer, May 6th 2014

On May 6, 2014 Attorney Andrew Eisenzimmer gave sworn testimony under oath as part of a civil lawsuit involving a man, Doe 1, sexually abused as a child by former priest Thomas Adamson at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Eisenzimmer has worked in various capacities for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for over 30 years and is currently a consultant.  He worked as Chancellor for Civil Affairs from 2005-2012. 

Jul 09, 2014: Secret Archdiocese Documents on Former Priest Joseph Wajda Released Publicly Today

(St. Paul, MN) –  Secret priest file documents produced under court order by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on former priest and accused child molester Joseph Wajda have been released publicly. The Archdiocese produced the documents as part of a civil lawsuit, Doe 1 vs. the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of Winona and Thomas Adamson.  Adamson is a former priest who is alleged to have sexually abused Doe 1 in the 1970s.

Jul 07, 2014: Former St. Paul bishop won’t testify, as St. Louis case settled

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced a confidential settlement in a priest sex-abuse case scheduled to go to trial Monday but questioned the truth of a 22-year-old woman’s statement that she was molested as a young girl.The settlement for an undisclosed amount of money in the suit against defrocked Catholic priest Joseph Ross also spared the archdiocese from possible public disclosure of further details on hundreds of abuse complaints against its employees over decades.The woman, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, had accused Ross of molesting her as a small girl between 1997…