About the Web Site, Allegations

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BehindthePineCurtain.com was launched by Pat Marker in 2002 as the “Abuse Disclosure Project.” It was taken down by the former St. John’s Preparatory School student and clergy molestation victim when he joined the St. John’s Abbey external review board. Marker resigned from the board Friday. The Web site was relaunched Wednesday under a new name, billed as a resource for people interested in the history of sexual abuse and misconduct in Collegeville.

Abuse allegations

Last month, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville publicized allegations of sexual misconduct in the 1970s and 1980s that were made against three of its monks. Allegations against the Rev. Michael Bik were made in 1997. He was accused of misconduct with two teen-age boys in the 1970s. The Rev. Bruce Wollmering was accused in 2004 of sexual harassment by a former St. John’s University student. The former student said the misconduct started in 1984. Wollmering was the chair of the psychology department at St. John’s at the time and may have counseled other students. He retired from the faculty in 2004. Accusations against the late Rev. Robert Blumeyer were made in September and involve a teen-age boy he knew when he was an assistant pastor at a Wayzata parish in 1969.

Victim creates Web site
By Frank Lee
Published: August 24. 2006
Victim creates Web site (SC Times)

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Topics: Bruce Wollmering, Michael Bik, Pat Marker, Review Board, Robert Blumeyer

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