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Outside the university, Keating was highly regarded by St. Paul church leaders and was recently chosen to be a speaker in the archdiocese’s important “Rediscover Catholicism” campaign.
Even so, a St. Thomas employee with knowledge of Keating’s tenure application said Kelly, the former dean, recommended against tenure because she believed his scholarship was lacking. Supervisors and colleagues of the priest in Catholic Studies rebutted the criticism, and Keating was granted tenure in the spring of 2011.
Kelly, who became provost at New York’s Ithaca College in the summer of 2011, declined to comment.
Doug Hennes, a spokesman for St. Thomas, said the school’s board of trustees has established a committee to review findings of the investigation, expected by the end of May. The university will decide at the conclusion what information to share with the public, he said.
The woman suing the priest said in an interview that the archdiocese’s decision to keep Keating in active ministry “re-victimized” her.
“I think they did believe me,” she said, “but Keating was more important to them.”
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