Category Archives: Tim Backous

Abbot John Klassen defends former St. John’s headmaster accused of abuse

(Fox 9) Abbot John Klassen, of St. John’s Abbey, described the sexual abuse allegations leveled against a former St. John’s Prep School headmaster “unsubstantiated” as he defended the integrity of Rev. Timothy Backous — and the victim’s family says that’s … Continue reading

Archdiocese Statement Regarding Backous


Clergy abuse allegation surfaces against ex-St. John’s Prep headmaster

(MPR) A former member of a central Minnesota boys’ choir says a priest at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville abused him while on a trip to Europe more than two decades ago.

Letter to Catholic Church officials calls for Father Timothy Backous’ removal from ministry

(City Pages) In March, two top Catholic Church officials in Minnesota sat down with the editorial board of the St. Cloud Times to discuss the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandal. Bishop Donald Kettler of the St. Cloud Diocese and Abbot … Continue reading

Backous on Remorse

Are we to understand that saying we’re sorry is appropriate only because it’s the correct legal or political posture? Can’t genuine human sorrow and embarrassment be seen as a strength?

Backous on Failure

But now, just a short time later, we are left to face our failure from a startling new perspective: we must must accept it as our own. We have no one to hide behind, no one to blame, no one … Continue reading

Family accuses Ex-St. John’s Prep headmaster of abuse

(SC Times) St. John’s Abbey Abbot John Klassen on Tuesday called allegations of inappropriate sexual contact by a former St. John’s Prep School headmaster against a former member of the St. John’s Boys’ Choir unsubstantiated and defended his integrity and … Continue reading

Backous Background/Timeline

Father Timothy “Timo” Backous, OSB Unofficial DRAFT Background View as a PDF… Here

Statement from Klassen re Backous

Statement from Abbot John Klassen, 10 June 2014:

Letter from Victim’s Parents Regarding Father Tim Backous

May 31, 2014 Most Reverend John Neinstedt D.D., S.T.D. Office of the Archbishop 266 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55102

The List

The List: 104 Credibly Accused Tracking the Public Lists Since the 1930s, fifty-eight (58) monks and thirteen (13) other members of the Saint John’s community have been credibly accused of sexual abuse and/or other misconduct. Another thirty-two (32) individuals with strong ties to St. John’s have … Continue reading

Hoefgen’s Housemate: Perps are Mentally Ill (Video)

According to Father David Ostrowski, former Saint John’s Abbey monk and current priest with the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis: “We have to rid our church of these mentally ill men and we also have to hold those who covered it … Continue reading

Timothy Backous… Health Issues

According to the October 13, 2013 Immaculate Heart of Mary bulletin [ View ]:

Father Timothy Backous Joins Essentia Health

Father Timothy Backous, OSB, has been appointed Essentia Health’s Vice President of Mission Integration and Benedictine Sponsorship. Father Tim will focus the majority of his time on the Catholic hospitals of the Twin Ports, but also will support and coordinate … Continue reading

Premeditated Embarrassment (w/ Transcript)

The following is taken from the transcript of a call between the Stearns County Sheriff Department (SCSD) and Saint John’s Life Safety (SJLS) on June 29, 2013 at 12:19pm.

Licari Chosen as Next Headmaster at St. John’s Prep

Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB, has been chosen as the next headmaster for St. John’s Prep school.

Backous Regarding Humility, Honesty

In chapter seven of his Rule, Saint Benedict uses the Gospel of Matthew to concretize his teachings on humility: “In truth, those who are patient amid hardships and unjust treatment are fulfilling the Lord’s command: When struck on one cheek, … Continue reading

Backous: Volunteer job leads to 35 years as monk

“We all regret the fact that it happened because of the injury it caused, and I think the monastery is very determined to make sure that message is front and center.” – Father Timothy Backous – November, 2012

Abbey Now Admits to 23 Monk Perpetrators

Saint John’s Abbey quietly admitted, via a revamped web site in the summer of 2012, that at least 23 members of its community had been credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.

John Gagliardi Comments on Abuse (1067 Miles Away)

The most shocking thing about Saint John’s list of eighteen monk offenders… at least nine of the men on the list remain on campus today.