Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Suit Seeks Release of Files of Former Duluth Priests Accused of Abuse

According to the Duluth News Tribune, a Minnesota state court lawsuit was filed yesterday against the Catholic Diocese of Duluth on behalf of a John Doe plaintiff who says he was abused in the 1970's by Father Robert Klein, now deceased. A statement by the Diocese in response to the filing of the lawsuit says that there are several publicly known substantiated allegations against Klein, but the allegations in the lawsuit are new. The lawsuit claims that the Diocese was negligent in allowing sexual abuse to continue, and that it has created a nuisance by not releasing information about accused priests. The suit asks for release of the names and files of 17 former priests who were identified in a 2004 report as having credible allegations against them. The Diocese says that the 2004 list is imperfect, and that no priests with known accusations of sexual abuse of minors are active in the ministry in the Diocese.