Crookston Times: Court rejects Adamson abuse case based on Keenan’s repressed memory

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[Video of press conference stream regarding Adamson cover-up and Supreme Court Ruling]

[6-29-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson]

[7-9-1984 memo to Archbishop Roach from Bishop Carlson]

[4-19-1975 letter to Fr. Pierre from Bishop Watters]

Article: Doug Glass, Associated Press Crookston Daily Times

Minneapolis, Minn. —

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a clergy abuse lawsuit by a man whose case rested on a repressed memory claim, siding with a lower court’s ruling that repressed memory is an unproven theory.

James Keenan sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, claiming that as a teenager he was sexually abused four times in 1980 or 1981 by Thomas Adamson, a priest who has since been defrocked.

Keenan brought his claim in 2006, well outside the state’s six-year statute of limitations, but argued that it should be allowed because he repressed memories of the abuse. A district court rejected that claim, but the state Court of Appeals revived it last year.

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