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He said Monday the church is doing its best to change policies and procedures to protect children.
Also Monday, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a news conference in St. Paul, offering what they said was another example of the archdiocese’s response to sexual abuse victims. Parishioner Frank Meuers said he was abused in the 1950s and 1960s by a now-deceased priest, the Rev. Rudolph Heinrich of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and wrote to the archdiocese in November 2010 after reading a newspaper article in which church officials encouraged “all victims of sexual abuse to contact us.”
“To my knowledge, nothing was ever done to rectify this situation,” Meuers wrote to then-archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath.
Nine months later, on Aug. 29, 2011, he received a letter from McDonough, who identified himself as “the Archdiocesan staff member who began to respond to the abuse committed by Rudolf Heinrich (in 1991).” McDonough apologized for the delay in responding, Meuers related, then said he has spoken with other abuse victims at the church, and offered to speak with Meuers.
By that time, Meuers was not interested. “Even now, why wouldn’t someone walk out here and say, ‘I’m so sorry’?’’ said Meuers, standing in front of the archdiocese’ chancery.
Tony Kennedy • 612-673-4213 Staff writer Jean Hopfensperger contributed to this report.