continue at Strib
The Rev. Michael J. Keating, 57, has taken a leave of absence from St. Thomas and did not respond to requests for comment on the allegations, which are contained in a lawsuit filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court. A university spokesman said Keating “no longer is on campus.”
St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who filed the suit, said that his client and her family took her accusations to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis seven years ago but that they were rebuffed by an internal review panel. Anderson said the case, the latest of several explosive allegations to surface in the archdiocese, is another example of church officials in St. Paul protecting the church’s reputation at the expense of victims and the faithful.
The archdiocese did not comment. “We’re not going to be responding to her claims,” spokesman Jim Accurso said. [I hope he means to continue "at this time"]
The woman suing Keating is now 28, married and living in the Twin Cities. She is named in the lawsuit as “Doe 20” and asked during an interview with the Star Tribune that her name not be published to spare her from more trauma.
The woman, who describes herself as a devout Catholic, said she was hospitalized twice and suffered long periods of self-loathing and depression because the alleged abuse ruined her early teenage years.
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Department also investigated the girl’s allegations in 2006. In both instances, members of the girl’s family brought the complaints forward, saying she had suffered severe depression that included suicidal thoughts and a 10-day mental health stay at a Minneapolis hospital. No criminal charges were filed. [buried at the end of the article of course]
Okay, so I get a kick out of how Anderson likes to orchestrate these to all come out at the same time. Mind you, I'm not saying the allegations are not true, but he's always looking for public support to remove limitations on how much money he can sue dioceses or Catholic entities for. I wonder at what point they approached St. Thomas University?
Fr. Keating has written for Crisis Magazine so I assume not a liberal(too often we try to blame ideologies, but the truth is anyone is capable of crime).
Innocent until proven guilty, unless you are a priest.
Here is Fr. Keating singing "Sooner or Later"...... perhaps a bit ironic.
Also recommended reading: Out For Blood: MPR and the Archdiocese