Fr. Louis Joseph Heitzer

Ordained: 1942
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

From Germany. Died in 1969 while in alcoholism treatment in the Twin Cities. At least three men have told the archdiocese that Heitzer abused them. Vicar general said there was “some indication” that leaders of the archdiocese knew about allegations at the time. One of the victims testified at the 6/02 Dallas Bishops’ conference. Has been termed “perhaps the most abusive priest” in the archdiocese. Personnel files released 9/16/14. Revealed 9/17/14 that he was assigned as a chaplain at a nursing home in 1969 in the New Ulm diocese after assault allegations. Lawsuit filed 5/16 alleging abuse of 12-year-old boy in 1965 at St. Scholastica in Heidelberg. Heitzer was said to have targeted the boy after the boy’s father died in a car wreck. On the Crookston diocese’s list of credibly accused; supply priest there in 1968.

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