2015 April

Apr 27, 2015: Abuse Survivor and Attorneys Announce Breakthrough Settlement Involving St. John’s Abbey

Jeff Anderson and Doe 2
Will Stand Together Tuesday and Announce Settlement of 
Civil Lawsuit against St. John’s Abbey and Fr. Allen Tarlton

Breakthrough settlement, modeled after Doe 1 v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis settlement, requires 
St. John’s Abbey to publicly release the files of 19 St. John’s clerics likely to have offended against minors

Apr 21, 2015: Pope Francis

Finally, Pope Francis did something about one of the world’s most notorious and noxious examples of clergy pedophilia cover up: he accepted the resignation of criminally convicted Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn today. http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article19121754.html It’s a step in the right direction. But we will watch to see if it leads to more Vatican action to hold complicit bishops accountable. Because much more needs to be done.
In September 2012, Finn was convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse, a misdemeanor, after he learned of child pornography fo…

Apr 21, 2015: Pope Finally Takes Action on Bishop Finn

Finally,
Pope Francis did something about one of the world’s most notorious and noxious
examples of clergy pedophilia cover up: he accepted the resignation of
criminally convicted Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn today. It’s
a step in the right direction. But we will watch to see if it leads to more
Vatican action to hold complicit bishops accountable. Because much more needs
to be done.In September 2012, Finn was convicted of failing to report
suspected child abuse, a misdemeanor, after he learned of child pornography found
on the computer of a priest, Shawn Ratigan. …

Apr 10, 2015: News Release: Two Priests Added to Diocese of Winona List

Today the Diocese of Winona publicly released and added the names of two more priests to their list of accused clerics, Father Harold Mountain and Father Thomas Duane. Both names have never been released to the public before. There are now 17 clerics accused of sexual abuse who worked in the Winona Diocese.  This disclosure is a result of the October 2014 settlement agreement in the civil lawsuits…

Apr 10, 2015: News Release: Two Priest Added to Diocese of Winona List

Winona Diocese Publicly Releases Names of Two Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Father Harold Mountain and Father Thomas Duane
added to the list of accused priests

(Winona, MN) – Today the Diocese of Winona publicly released and added the names of two more priests to their list of accused clerics, Father Harold Mountain and Father Thomas Duane. Both names have never been released to the public before. There are now 17 clerics accused of sexual abuse who worked in the Winona Diocese.

This disclosure is a result of the October 2014 settlement agreement in the civil lawsuit…

Apr 01, 2015: News Release: Public Nuisance Claim to Proceed Against Diocese of New Ulm

Court Rules That Survivors’ Public Nuisance Claims AgainstDiocese of New Ulm May ProceedOrder Will Help Protect Children, Expose Diocese’s Protection of Abusive Priests, and Scrutinize Archbishop Nienstedt’s Decisions Regarding Priest Information(New Ulm) – Brown County District Court Judge Robert A. Docherty has ruled that three clergy sexual abuse survivors’ public nuisance claims against the Diocese of New Ulm can proceed. Judge Docherty’s March 27, 2015, order will help hold the Diocese of New Ulm accountable for protecting pedophile priests in the past and will help keep children safe in …