Fr. John E. McGrath

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Accused in 1988 of molesting a grammar-school girl in 1963 or 1964 at his first assignment, Nativity church in St Paul. Denied the allegation, which then-Vicar General Michael O’Connell and then-Chancellor Kevin McDonough found credible. McGrath was allowed to remain as pastor at Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale. Accused in 1993 suits of abusing two, girls ages 14 and 16, at St Helena’s in Minneapolis, in 1966-69. McGrath denied the allegations, McDonough found them credible, but McGrath continued as pastor at Sacred Heart. The suits were dismissed and the complaints settled for a ‘nominal amount’ before appeal. On 10/2/14 a suit accused McGrath of forcing oral sex and attempting anal rape of a boy age 13-15 in 1978-80 at Sacred Heart. Died 3/15/95.


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