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Former Hastings priest to be tried this week in sex abuse case

A former Hastings priest accused of sexual abuse 25 years ago is set to go on trial this week.

Police search St. John’s Abbey for Hoefgen files

An investigator from the Hastings Police Department served a search warrant last week at St. John’s Abbey in connection with the prosecution of former abbey monk Fran Hoefgen.

(KARE 11) Settlement May Shed New Light – Video

COLLEGEVILLE, MN – The recent settlement of a civil lawsuit and an upcoming criminal trial are shedding light on sexual abuse allegations involving monks at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

Confidentiality Clauses No Longer In Effect

As part of a 2011 settlement, all victims of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the Saint John’s community who signed settlement agreements that included confidentiality clauses were released from those confidentiality restrictions.

Abbey Silenced Alleged Tauscher Victim

Despite credible allegations of misconduct — and despite Abbot John Klassen’s repeated claims of transparency — Father Donald Tauscher’s name has never been made public.

Rev. Anthony Ruff Still on SJU Staff

Father Anthony Ruff remains on the staff at St. John’s University [ Link ] despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct and retaliation, after which he was sent to the Saint Luke Institute in Maryland for more than one year. Father Anthony Ruff also remains … Continue reading

Tracking the Public Lists

Since 2002, twenty-three members (see chart, below) of the Saint John’s monastic community have been publicly listed as having credible allegations of misconduct.

(Star Tribune) St. John’s Abbey to Open Sex-Abuse Files

The files released Tuesday on Tarlton shed light on the types of documents to be made public in the months ahead. They indicate four abbots had been aware of Tarlton’s sexual behavior, which started in 1950s, that he had been … Continue reading

(MPR) In memoir, St. John’s Abbey priest admits abusing high school student

“There are a lot of people who are going to be able to get healthy because of it.” – Troy Brandlage

(MPR) St. John’s Abbey settles sex abuse suit

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents Doe 2, said the settlement will require Saint John’s Abbey to release the files of 19 monks accused of sexually abusing children and provide a financial settlement for an amount that will not be publicly … Continue reading

Vulnerable Adult Victims Abandoned

It is time for Abbot John Klassen to disclose the names of all credibly accused monk and lay offenders — of both children and vulnerable adults — in the Saint John’s community, precisely because he has taken credit in the past … Continue reading

The 2015 List: Nineteen Names

According to this afternoon’s media advisory [Link], the latest list of credibly accused monks from Saint John’s includes nineteen names.

(Star Tribune) Attorneys Say Settlement Reached

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man has settled a lawsuit with St. John’s Abbey that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors, attorneys said Monday.

(SC Times) Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit Settled

A Sauk Rapids man has settled a lawsuit that accused a St. John’s Abbey monk of sexual abuse. A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday to announce the terms of the settlement. The lawsuit against the Rev. Allen Tarlton … Continue reading

Media Advisory: Abuse Survivor and Attorneys Announce Breakthrough Settlement Involving St. John’s Abbey

“The credit for achieving this groundbreaking settlement rests with Doe 2, for having the courage to find his voice, stand up for truth and demand transparency with accountability,” said Jeff Anderson, one of Doe 2’s attorneys.

Tarlton Autobiography Excerpt #1

“However, on one occasion I gave a sleeping pill to a student and then masturbated him while he slept.” – Father Allen Tarlton Tarlton’s full autobiography is available as a PDF… Here [Webmaster’s Note: Father Allen Tarlton is one of … Continue reading

Diocese Perp Taught at Prep School

In January of 2014, Bishop Donald Kettler released the names of 33 clergy from the Diocese of Saint Cloud “who were likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors.” The list included Msgr. Vincent Yzermanns. [Link] Yzermans taught at the Prep School in the … Continue reading

Accused Perpetrator is monk-in-charge at Abbey

Accused perpetrator Father Thomas Andert, O.S.B., will be the “monk-in-charge” at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota later this week while Abbot John Klassen travels to Rome to present Pope Francis with the final volume of the Saint John’s Bible.

It Can’t Happen Here

Anyone who was living in the Midwest in the fall of 1989 was familiar with the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping. The story was all over the news. There were newspaper articles, television news stories, posters, billboards, and buttons. Jacob was everywhere, … Continue reading

Remember Rev. David Cawkwell?

Please contact me if you remember Rev. David Peter-John Cawkwell, priest and author, who spent some time at St. John’s in the early and mid-1990s. Before St. John’s, Father David Cawkwell was at parishes in Redwood Falls, Hutchinson and Silver … Continue reading