Minnesota man sues Vatican to release files on abusive priests


October 25, 2018

By Brian Lambert

Says Jean Hopfensperger for the Strib, “Jim Keenan, a Twin Cities clergy abuse survivor, is one of two plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Vatican, demanding it release its files on thousands of priests who have sexually abused children. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court-Northern District of California by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who argued the Vatican is the central repository for the names and histories of priests worldwide who have been engaged in misconduct, and is endangering others by not revealing their identities.”

Peter Cox of MPR reports, “First Avenue announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul from Minnesota Public Radio. Terms of the tentative deal were not disclosed. First Avenue owner Dayna Frank said the Minneapolis-based operator of music clubs was ‘excited about the opportunities for more events and performances in another iconic space in this community’. MPR CEO Jon McTaggart said in a statement Wednesday said the sale of the nearby theater would allow the company to better serve other audiences, but he expects part of the relationship to continue.”

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