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Media Advisory: Public Nuisance Hearing Today Involving New Ulm Diocese

1/20/2015 9:08:00 AM
Media Advisory
January 20, 2014

Hearing Today on Public Nuisance Claim 
Involving the Diocese of New Ulm 

Survivors, advocates pursue transparency, disclosure from the only Minnesota diocese yet to disclose the identities of clerics accused of child sexual abuse

(New Ulm, MN) – At a hearing today at 3:00PM in New Ulm at the Brown County Courthouse, attorneys will argue on behalf of sexual abuse survivors to allow public nuisance claims to move forward that were alleged in several lawsuits filed against the New Ulm Diocese. Five lawsuits have been filed on behalf of seven survivors alleging the diocese created a public nuisance by not disclosing the names and files on clerics accused of child sexual abuse. 

The Diocese of New Ulm is the only Minnesota diocese yet to disclose this information. 

At least 12 priests have been accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of New Ulm. The lawsuits filed to-date involve claims of child sexual abuse involving Father Michael Skoblik, Father David Roney, Father James Fitzgerald, and Father Francis Markey.

Note: Copies of the complaints filed can be found at

Contact: Mike Finnegan: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.205.5531
Contact: Jeff Anderson: Office/651.227.9990 Cell/612.817.8665