"Credibly Accused" Priest Had Stint in Lake Elmo
December 5, 2013
A priest assigned to Lake Elmo nearly 30 years ago appears on the newly released list of clergy deemed "credibly accused" of child sexual abuse by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The archdiocese published a list of 34 priests Thursday in the online edition of The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper that serves the archdiocese.
About half of the parishes in the archdiocese—92 out of 188 parishes—had one of the priests on the list there at some point, according to the archdiocese.
Many of those listed had associations with parishes on the east side of the Twin Cities metro area, with one (see below) having served in Lake Elmo in 1984.
The publication was made in response to ongoing lawsuits against priests and the church arising from childhood sexual abuse cases. The achdiocese and Diocese of Winona originally sought to seal the list—which was created in 2004 and included 33 of the 34 priests named today, according to the Star Tribune.
The courts agreed to seal the list in 2009. But Archbishop John Nienstedt reversed course after the church was accused of shielding priests—allegations that gained extra fuel in recent months from a Minnesota Public Radio investigation.
The information being released comes mostly from reported incidents that occurred between the mid-1950s and 1980s, according to The Catholic Spirit.
“All have been permanently removed from ministry or are deceased,” the article said.
The church says it is engaged in a comprehensive review of clergy files and will update the list as it makes additional announcements.
One "credibly accused" priest on the list worked in Lake Elmo in 1984:
Date of birth: 6/26/1946 (Age 67)
Date of ordination: 1973
Cleric’s prior assignments in archdiocese: Associate priest, St. Leo, St. Paul, 1973-1974; Associate priest, All Saints, Lakeville, 1974-1977; Administrator, St. Andrew, Elysian, 1977-1982; Associate priest, St. Peter Claver, St. Paul, 1982-1984; On special assignment, 1982-1984; Associate priest, Guardian Angels, Lake Elmo, 1984; Associate priest, St. Joseph, Lino Lakes, 1984-1986; Pastor, Holy Redeemer, Maplewood, 1986-1991; Resigned, 1991
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 1991
Current location: Believed to be residing in Oakdale, Minn., or St. Paul, Minn.
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry