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“The disclosure process is only beginning, and this may be helpful to that effort,” Accurso said.
The late Robert Blumeyer is another St. John’s monk who should be added to the list, Marker said. In 2006, the abbey announced that a 50-year-old man had reported that he was sexually abused by Blumeyer beginning in 1969 when Blumeyer was at St. Bartholomew’s in Wayzata. Blumeyer died in 1983.
Another omission, said Marker, is the Rev. Michael Bik. The Abbey made his name public in 2006 after he was accused of having sexual contact with two teenagers while teaching at two parishes in the archdiocese. The alleged contact took place before his ordination and arrival at St. John’s.
Accurso didn’t comment directly on Blumeyer or Bik, but said the names of all priests with credible claims against them will be disclosed.
“The disclosures made today are not intended to be final,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said in statement issued Thursday when the list was made public. “We are currently engaged in a comprehensive review of clergy files, and the list will be updated as additional announcements are made.”
Accurso also declined to comment on whether the Rev. Michael J. Keating, a prominent Catholic Studies professor at the University of St. Thomas, will be added to the list. Keating took a leave from his job at the university after he was sued this fall by a woman who contends Keating abused her starting when she was 13. The university is investigating the circumstances around Keating’s employment and whether the archdiocese disclosed to the school that it had investigated allegations against him.
Other dioceses face demands
Other dioceses may choose to include religious orders if and when they release their lists. Currently there are 13 accused priests in the diocese of Winona, 26 in St. Cloud, 17 in Duluth, 12 in New Ulm and five in Crookston, said Finnegan.
Prying loose those lists is a goal of lawsuits filed in those dioceses, he said. They include:
• Three women who are suing the diocese of New Ulm. They claim the late Rev. David Roney abused them when they were girls in the 1970s.
• A man who is suing the diocese of Duluth. He accused the late Rev. John Nicholson of molesting him in the 1970s when he was a boy.
• A woman whose suit claims that the Rev. James Porter sexually abused her as a child. The case has been heard and awaits a judge’s decision. Porter, who died in 2005, was convicted of abusing 28 boys and was accused of abusing many more in Minnesota, Massachusetts and elsewhere.
No pending abuse case demands a release of the priest list in the St. Cloud diocese, but that likely will change, Finnegan said.
In every diocese in the state, the list being requested was compiled in 2004 at the request of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The secret lists were compiled by dioceses and archdioceses based on their own standards of what constitutes a credible accusation.
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