New York Man to Sue St. John's Abbey, Alleging He Was Abused As Altar Boy

The Republic
June 7, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — A New York man has sued the Order of St. Benedict and St. John's Abbey in Minnesota, alleging a former abbot abused him years ago at a Bronx church.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Minnesota alleges a former altar boy identified only as John Doe 174 was abused in 1966 and 1967 by Timothy Kelly, then an associate pastor at St. Anselm's Church in New York.

Kelly became abbot at St. John's in 1992. A year later, he co-founded the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute at St. John's, saying sexual abuse by monks was immoral. A news release from the plaintiff's attorneys says former St. John's monk Patrick Wall alleges Kelly actually was unreceptive to abuse victims.

Kelly died last year. An abbey spokesman had no immediate comment.


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