A Minnesota man has settled a lawsuit with St. John’s Abbey that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors, attorneys said Monday.
The sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Michael Keating will no longer be heard as a lawsuit in the state court because of the Archdiocese’s bankruptcy declaration.
The names of 17 more clergy members in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis accused of sexual abuse or misconduct were released on Feb. 11.
While St. Thomas collaborates with the archdiocese on educational and service programs, it is financially independent and is not owned or operated by the archdiocese.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it’s the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a lawsuit against 20 insurance companies in an effort to force the insurers to cover its liability for clergy sex abuse claims.
President Julie Sullivan announced Tuesday that no university employees in a position of authority over the Rev. Michael Keating had prior knowledge of allegations against him.
Twelve tenured faculty members of the St. Thomas theology department sent a letter to Archbishop John Nienstedt Monday criticizing the archdiocese’s handling of sex abuse by priests.
The New York Times, the Star Tribune and other priests have suggested that Archbishop John Nienstedt step down from his position.
Timothy O’Malley, 58, will become director of ministerial standards and safe environment for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the archdiocese said Monday.