According to an email sent by Aaron Raverty on August 2nd:
“In our continuing effort to be responsible and to clarify our position and use of terminology, the abbey’s response team, in cooperation with legal counsel, has written this “Statement on the Legal Status of Accused Monks” that will be posted on the abbey website.”
Two days after it was put up, however, Michael Ford’s statement was removed from the St. John’s Abbey web site.
Two days ago we wrote [ View ]: “This is yet another attempt by the abbey’s public relations team to shift the focus from the members of its community who have raped, sodomized and otherwise destroyed the lives of 100’s of victims who trusted the monks and other offending personnel in Collegeville.”
Abbey Statement Web Site: http://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/news/official.html
Text of Counsel’s 8/2 Statement: http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/?p=1836