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On September 7, 2006 The Record ran an article, “Abuse allegations shake St. John’s Abbey,” which quoted me as saying “extensive research shows more monks will be named and more victims will come forward.” In the same article, Abbot John Klassen responded to my claim by saying: “That is totally an unfounded, false statement. I mean false.”

Earlier this week, my prediction proved correct when 17 monks were named in a letter co-written by St. John’s Abbey as part of a recent settlement involving nine new victims.
The list of 17 monks includes Br. Steven Lilly, with allegations dating back to 1994. The list does not, however, include the name of Fr. Robert Blumeyer, who was identified by the Abbey in 2006, or Br. Pascal Brisson and Rev. Pirmim Wendt who, according to the StarTribune, also have credible allegations against them.

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Patrick Marker – St. John’s Prep Alumni
CSB/SJU Record
St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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