Catholic Archdiocesan Officials Ordered to Testify
By Jay Olstad
February 12, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Ramsey County judge ordered the
depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar
General Kevin McDonough Tuesday.
Judge John Van de North said the depositions needed to
take place within 30 days.
The ruling is from a current lawsuit about alleged
abuse that dates back to the late 1970's.
"I'm glad finally they're being held accountable and
made to move on this," said Al Michaud.
Michaud said he too was abused by a priest when he was
a teenager, a case he later settled with the Archdiocese of St.
Paul and Minneapolis.
In a KARE
11 investigation Monday night, we reported on confidential
church records documenting cases of abuse going back decades.
Michaud and another victim said church officials, including
McDonough broke promises not to reassign accused priests to
parishes with schools.
Tuesday's ruling is separate from Michaud's
accusations, but attorneys could potentially quiz church
officials about his and other cases.
"It seems there has to be a court ruling they have to
be forced into doing the right thing," he said.
Also part of the ruling, the archdiocese has to hand
over to the court names of the priests accused of child sex
abuse since 2004, however that list will remain sealed, at least
for the time being.
"I did not expect something like this to happen so
quickly," said Charles Reid, Ph.D.
Reid is a University of St. Thomas professor at the
school of law and an expert in Canon law.
"The significance could be huge because we will have
two significant principal figures in the archdiocese testifying
under oath," said Reid.
Which Michaud believes is a step in the right
"They have to be held accountable for what they did,"
McDonough did not return a phone message for comment
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis issued the
"Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de
North today ordered discovery to continue in the Doe 1 case.
The Court also ordered the parties to submit proposed orders
for the Court's consideration regarding ongoing disclosure,
which are due later this month. The archdiocese looks forward
to working with the Court and all affected parties to promote
the protection of children, the healing of victims and the
restoration of trust of the faithful and our clergy who are
serving our communities nobly and with honor. At the same time,
we strongly assert our pursuit of justice for any who are
falsely accused. All of these goals are the basis for every
action and decision we are making regarding this ongoing