This is an attempt at damage control.
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What they’re not admitting is that Father Schulte in 2003 when Abbot John Klassen took him off restriction, has been given another position of trust, dealing with children. He hasn’t been accountable even since he’s been on restriction after fleeing to Rome in 1987.
The real story here is that the Monastery has claimed, as part of an ineffective settlement arrangement reached with some of their victims, that credibly accused monks would be kept on “restriction”, kept away from certain areas on the St. John’s University and Preparatory School campuses and closely supervised. The impression was that these monks would be in some kind of confinement, but the reality is quite different.
The accused monks actually have indeterminate restrictions, do travel quite frequently, unsupervised by anyone and even continue to make public statements, recognition [pdf], receive awards and honors.
The Monastery has even been destroying files related to the accused monks, here.
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