Duluth Diocese Sued after Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Avery Neuville
Fox 21
May 18, 2015

A 65 year old, Oliver woman, is suing the Diocese of Duluth over allegations of Sexual Abuse.

"What a real big deal this was in our life that was totally glossed over by our school and perish," said Sexual Abuse Survivor, Quin Buchtel.

Buchtel says she was sexually abused by Father Charles Gormly, who is now dead, in a Brainard Church in 1960.

Her lawsuit asks the Diocese to publicly release the names and documents of all clergy accused of child sex abuse.

Meanwhile, the Diocese encourages anyone who believes they've ever been a victim to come forward.

Their statement is below.

“Every allegation that someone has been harmed by a member of the clergy, including those made today regarding events said to have happened more than 50 years ago, fills us with sadness. In 1992, 23 years ago, the diocese established protocols to protect against this evil and ensure safe environments for young people. We have conscientiously followed them and continually worked to improve them ever since. Also, the diocese in late 2013 released a list of names of clergy we know to have been accused of sexual abuse of minors, including the times and ministries in which they served and their current status to the best of our knowledge. We continually ask anyone who has been hurt by sexual abuse to come forward to the civil authorities and to the church so that justice may be done for them and so that we can offer whatever assistance we can.

“Sexual misconduct of any kind, especially against a child, and especially by someone in a position of trust and respect like a priest, is and always has been evil and incompatible with our beliefs as Catholics. We continue to urge anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward and to use every available tool to ensure our parishes, schools, religious education and youth programs are the safest places for our young people to be.”








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