Fr. Joseph G. Gallatin

Ordained: 1997
Status: Laicized

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Removed from Mendota parish in 12/13 after review of personnel file by outside agency found reference to incident of inappropriate conduct with minor around 1998. No actions taken in 1998. Evaluation, counseling and monitoring ordered in 12/13; act classified as boundary violation, not crime. Matter reported to criminal authority; another review conducted. Review board determined in 6/14 “significant restrictions” to be placed on Gallatin with continued monitoring and limited ministry not involving children. Allegations surfaced he abused same youth on 1998 mission trip to WV. Reassigned to position with no parish responsibilities or contact with youth. Archdiocese’s statement 7/02/14 that Gallatin was scheduled to attend graduate school at Catholic University in WDC withdrawn in 8/14 after protests. Removal from ministry announced 9/2/15 after new Ministerial Review Board found sufficient evidence of abuse. Referred to Rome for adjucation. Laicization announced in 10/21.

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