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But McDonough wanted to hear from Keating himself, according to the memos. After McDonough warned him about the career-ending consequences of a “grave violation of the Sixth Commandment with a minor,” Keating told him that the words “passionate encounter” did not mean what they might appear to mean on the surface, the memo said.
The McDonough memos released Friday by Anderson also showed how the former vicar general contacted a woman who was leading a “consecrated” life in Michigan who had information about Keating’s interactions with several women, including herself. Keating’s resume indicates that he was in Michigan before moving to St. Paul and was involved in the Servants of the Word, “a Christian brotherhood of men living single for the Lord.”
McDonough was checking out an unconfirmed report that Keating may have had a sexual relationship with a minor while in Michigan, but the woman “clearly indicated to me that that was not so,” McDonough wrote.
But the woman did tell McDonough that she had “a great deal of concern” about a pattern of behavior by Keating that came across to at least four or five women as something special or romantic.
McDonough said he proposed the phrase “inattentive seductiveness” as a description for the behavior, and she agreed.
Memos to have role in suit
McDonough, who is pastor at St. Peter Claver Church in St. Paul, could not be reached Friday for comment.
Anderson said he will use the memos written by McDonough for corroboration in the Minnesota lawsuit that accuses Keating of harmful sexual contact against his client, which they say spanned a three-year period and caused her severe psychological trauma.
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