Skip to comments.Minnesota Sex Abuse Scandal Entangles University of St. Thomas; Leads to Clergy Resignations
Posted on 10/24/2013 6:59:13 AM PDT by haffast
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has found itself in the middle of the ongoing sex abuse crisis in Minnesota, according to Inside Higher Ed. While none of the allegations of abuse took place at the university, several clergy implicated in the scandal either were employed at the institution or served on its board.
The Most Rev. Harry Flynn, the archbishop emeritus of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, recently resigned from the board amid allegations that he did not do enough to prevent the abuse. Flynn, according to the university, had served as board chair since 1995.
The board elected Michael Dougherty as interim chair. Dougherty, who has served as a trustee since 2003, said in a press release,On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Archbishop Flynn for his many years of dedicated service to the board and to the university.
The Rev. Michael Keating, professor of Catholic studies, is also on leave from the university following the announcement of a lawsuit by a woman alleging abuse in the late 1990s when she was still a minor. Keatings lawyer has denied the allegations.
The Rev. Kevin McDonough, former vicar general of the archdiocese who investigated allegations against Keating, as well as others, has also resigned from the University of St. Thomas board.
The university has stated that they retained outside counsel to investigate matters related to allegations of abuse impacting the university. They have also appointed a special committee to oversee the investigation.
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Unless the Pope stops his politically correct posturing and takes definitive action to purge the priesthood of homosexuals, the Church will continue to suffer and the faithful will continue to be harmed and disillusioned.
When John Nienstedt was appointed as Archbishop of St. Paul, the University of St Thomas decided that they would no longer be under the authority of the Diocese of St.Paul. That is because Nienstedt is more conservative than Flynn. The University did not like having a more traditional minded Archbishop. They decided to disassociate themselves from the St. Paul Archdiocese.
Archbishop Flynn, OTOH, was known as an enabler of liberal causes and tolerant of misbehavior on the part of gay priests and the LGBT rainbow folks who liked to go to Holy Communion wearing their rainbow sashes. That is not to say he approved of it, but he was definitely not actively engaged in cleaning it up. So Nienstedt inherited a mess! Furthermore, St. Thomas selected Flynn priests to be on their board who apparently have been accused of misbehavior/sexual abuse of minors. Hoisted on their own petard, I say.
Now Archbishop Nienstedt is bearing the brunt of the scandal, much of which was already in place when he became Archbishop. And who are the ones calling for him to resign? The liberals at MPR and liberal priests who are disobedient to the RC church.
Pray for Archbishop John Nienstedt!!!!!
I'll pray for the victims.
Mistakes made in Catholic clergy sex abuse probes: Minnesota archbishop
Reuters - MINNEAPOLIS | Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:38pm EDT
"The Star Tribune newspaper also reported on Thursday that the archdiocese had paid out nearly $11 million from 2003 to 2012 in costs directly linked to sex abuse and other misconduct committed by priests removed from active ministry."
“Mistakes were made...”