Category Archives: Opinion

Anti-Gay Bullying at St. John’s

However, the bullying carries much farther than a high school or university classroom. Homosexual men and women, as well as those who support them, are being turned away from one faith community.

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First of all I would like to thank you for all of the work you have done in protecting children from such hideous crimes, and taking the time to expose certain disturbed individuals for who they really are.

What if the Church’s own rules applied to it?

As we have recently been forcibly reminded, the Roman Catholic Church holds it better for the cries of raped and violated children to be ignored, and for the excuses and alibis of their rapists and torturers indulged, and for a … Continue reading

Alum Withholding Donations Over Abuse Scandal

I have been wanting to write a letter to both SJU and CSB to let them know how I feel; that I intend to withhold any donations; that I will never intend to send my children there, and that I … Continue reading

Your turn: Abbey defends its oversight of Schulte

We regret and apologize for the shortcomings of the Abbey’s May 18 statement, which neither reflected changes in the past 30 years nor presented adequately the complexities of The Rev. Francisco Schulte’s situation. Moreover, although Schulte remained a member of … Continue reading

Our View: Abbey’s own files cast doubt on its facts

(St. Cloud Times) Back in 2002, we praised St. John’s Abbey, under the leadership of Abbot John Klassen, for unveiling a comprehensive approach to addressing clergy sex abuse. That plan focused on apologies, accountability, and the abbey taking action when … Continue reading

Times Message Board Comment

The real problem here is the fact that the Abbey is dragging down what used to be considered a fine educational institution. These lawsuits are going to cost not only the Abbey money but the University itself. The University, Prep … Continue reading

Abbey’s reports contradict its claim

“The abbey’s own statements reflect knowledge of Schulte’s misconduct since 1992. The fact that the abbey has failed to reach out to victims of Schulte even while calling on victims of other monks to come forward represents unprecedented deception and … Continue reading

Fr. Tim Backous: A Conflict of Interest

“We use the word “community” quite a bit in places like ours but forget its most elemental meaning – caring for each other.” – Blog Entry by Fr. Tim Backous, September 2, 2009

Letter: St. John’s Abbey doesn’t care about kids’ safety

Once again, facing a child sex abuse and cover-up scandal, St. John’s Abbey officials trot out the same tired canard about their “policies” about pedophilia. (“Lawsuit targets St. John’s Prep School, abbey,” Dec. 9.)

Your Turn: Abbot deserves credit for being transparent

The Times Editorial Board has called on the St. John’s Abbey External Review Board to “share with the public what they know, their opinions on whether (Pat) Marker’s claims have veracity and if abbey leaders did do all they could … Continue reading

The Likely Profile of Joshua Guimond’s Abductor

The offender responsible for Joshua Guimond’s disappearance, if foul play is involved, would have the following personal characteristics: above average intelligence; socially competent, with good interpersonal skills; employed in a skilled occupation; high birth order status (e.g., first-born son); a … Continue reading

Commentary… The St. John’s Solution: Shoulder Blame

In an effort to exorcise its own demons, an abbey in Minnesota may be setting a commendable example for the rest of the Roman Catholic Church.

StarTribune Opinion Page

There was nothing new in your Sept. 29 story about St. John’s Abbey, “Behind the pine curtain.” We have read it all before in the Star Tribune and other Minnesota newspapers. I’m afraid the Star Tribune has succumbed to sensationalism … Continue reading

Letter to the editor

Having moved to “the country” a few years ago, I look forward to your Sunday paper for a good read. Sept. 29 was an exception.

Letter to the editor: Monks are reasons St. John’s will endure

On a sunny September day in 1988, my arms filled with a microwave and other worldly possessions, I trudged to the top floor of a St. John’s University dormitory to officially begin my freshman year. As I struggled to stay … Continue reading

St. John’s – A must-save situation

To fight the frazzle of a Twin Cities rush hour, then to arrive on the green campus of St. John’s University just in time for 7 p.m. prayers, then to witness 150 monks in black habits file silently into the … Continue reading

Honesty, reconciliation needed from ISTI

The program, “Confession of Sins” aired on Channel 5 on November 10, 2000. A reply was already in print for The Record, quoting Fr. Daniel Durken, by the November 16th issue. How could he have researched it adequately in that … Continue reading

An Issue of Responsibility

With the recent allegations Or sexual assault at the St. John’s Prep School questions are once again arising as to what really is going on at Saint John’s University. Although there are many ways of being untruthful, the St. John’s … Continue reading

Cloistered Passions (Observations from 1980)

“The monastic community [in Collegeville] no doubt includes some heterosexual men, along with a great many who must be more or less uneasy about their powerful attraction to other monks or to the boys who surround them at the prep … Continue reading