Documents Detail Case of Former Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing Girls

By Cassie Hart
July 24, 2014

[with video]

New details have been released Wednesday surrounding the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sex abuse investigation.

Documents detail the case of a priest who worked in the archdiocese, even after he was accused of sexually abusing girls.

Michael Kolar was ordained in 1969. He was permanently removed from ministry in 1991, and the Holy See removed him from clerical state in 1993. In that time, he allegedly impregnated one girl, who later miscarried. He was receiving treatment while he was still a priest.

Three girls publicly said he had sexually abused them.

In a deposition, Kolar admitted his actions constituted abuse.

According to a news release from Jeff Anderson and Associates, Kolar later alleged he was sexually abused by former head of Catholic Charities Msgr. Jerome Boxleitner and Kolar attempted to work for the Catholic Church again in 1995.

He is still living and resides in St. Paul.

Kolar’s name was released to the media and posted on the archdiocese website in February, as a result of a comprehensive file review by an outside national firm.

A statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reads, in part, "we offer our assurances that today we handle things differently regarding priests who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor." See the full statement here.

The documents are part of a group of files requested by Anderson, related to a sexual abuse case involving Father Thomas Adamson.


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