Archdiocese discloses 17 names in interest of accountability

| October 23, 2014

In the interest of accountability, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis maintains an updated list of names of men who have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests in our archdiocese. A claim is substantiated when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the reported abuse occurred. The initial disclosure list was posted in December 2013. More names were added to this list in February, May and October 2014, when additional substantiated claims were determined.

On Oct. 13, as part of a legal settlement with St. Paul law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, the archdiocese reached an agreement on a mechanism to disclose additional names of men with substantiated claims of committing clergy sexual abuse. The first cooperatively-developed disclosure list contains the names of and basic information about 17 men. Of these 17 men, nine are the subjects of substantiated claims of abuse of a minor within this archdiocese. In addition, the status has changed for three men whose names were previously disclosed.

The remaining eight individuals from the list of 17 are or were priests of other dioceses or religious order priests who are alleged to have committed acts of sexual abuse of a minor outside of the archdiocese. The archdiocese is not aware of any substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor asserted against these individuals relating to any conduct that occurred in this archdiocese. Some of these eight individuals held temporary assignments in this archdiocese. In other cases, they may have traveled to the archdiocese, or resided here without ministry faculties or lived here as a lay person. Their names are being disclosed by the archdiocese in the interest of accountability, to champion the Child Protection Protocols first announced to the public on Oct. 13 and to aid in healing for victims/survivors.

Status change for three men

Additionally, there is a change in status of three of the men noted in the category of “Men included on John Jay Commission list with unsubstantiated claims” when they were first disclosed in December 2013. Both Eugene Corica and Robert Loftus are now moved to the list of men who are subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor within this archdiocese, bringing the total number of names on that list to 55. Roger Vaughn is added to the new list of men who are the subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor outside this archdiocese. There are a total of nine names on that list.

The archdiocese is committed to prudent and ongoing disclosure. This disclosure is part of the archdiocese’s commitment to accountability to all faithful and our larger community. Accountability is essential in pursuit of our goals to protect the young and vulnerable, care for victim/survivors of abuse, and restore trust among the faithful, as well as among our clergy who are serving honorably.

The archdiocese apologizes for the harm suffered by abuse victim/survivors, and their families, friends and communities. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure that the tragedy of sexual abuse is never repeated in the Church.

Notes about this disclosure listing

Clergy from other dioceses and from religious orders who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor are included in these lists. Most of the reported incidents of abuse occurred between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s. All of these men have been permanently removed from ministry in this archdiocese; most of them have been out of ministry for a decade or more. Ten of the men are deceased.

Despite best efforts to provide accurate information, the disclosures may include some errors or omissions. The archdiocese requests that anyone with additional information or corrections contact the archdiocese at (651) 291-4497.

 

FAQs about disclosuresRead answers to frequently asked questions regarding the disclosure of names of clergy accused of sexual abuse at: SafeCatholicSPM.org

 

Additional clergy with substantiated claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor

The full list of disclosures regarding clergy sexual abuse of minors can be found at SafeCatholicSPM.org.

Edward Beutner

Robert P. Clark

Donald  Dummer

Thomas Ericksen

Ambrose Filbin

Jerry Foley

Ralph Goniea

Reginald Krakovsky

Harry Majerus

William Marks

Wendell Mohs

James Nickel

John Owens

James Porter

Charles Potocki

James Vedro

Adalbert Wolski

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