Category Archives: Statements

Abbot Klassen’s Letter to St. John’s Community

Dear Members of the Saint John’s Communities, Over the past years, I have been very aware of the fact that it is not only the monks who feel the impact of allegations of misconduct by members of our monastic community. … Continue reading

Abbey Counsel’s Statement Removed After Two Days

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 … Continue reading

Counsel’s statement on legal status of accused monks

[Webmaster's Note: 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 … Continue reading

Statement from Saint John’s Abbey on Compliance with the U.S. Bishops

Monks “on restriction” have no pastoral or teaching responsibilities, nor do they have unsupervised social contact with students or other young persons. They are not allowed to work in the Preparatory School or University, to use most campus academic, athletic … Continue reading

1982 Father Allan Tarlton Abuse Incident

I attended classes at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville, Minnesota, from September 1981 to May 1983, eventually receiving my diploma in May 1983. I took a literary analysis/writing course (the exact name of the course, I do not recall) taught … Continue reading