Abuse victims hope St. John’s settlement leads to change

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(MPR) St. Paul, Minn. — People who attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville may soon receive an unusual letter in the mail. According to a settlement announced Monday, St. John’s must send a letter to all alumni of its prep school that lists 17 monks and priests who are “credibly accused of abuse, exploitation or misconduct.”

The letter is part of the settlement with nine people who say they were sex abuse victims at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. The agreement ends several lawsuits that accused clergy at a Catholic prep school of abusing minors for decades.

One of the victims named in this new settlement — and the only one who’s speaking publicly so far — is Jerry McCarthy. He was 15 years old in 1971 when he was sent to Father Bruce Wollmering for counseling and testing.

“It was probably during the third visit I had with Father Wollmering for this counseling and testing when he actually attacked me in his office,” said McCarthy, now 55, at a news conference Monday in St. Paul.

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Abuse victims hope St. John’s settlement leads to change
by Matt Sepic, Minnesota Public Radio
March 29, 2011

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