Sex-abuse lawsuit names treatment facility as defendant
Catholic World News - November 21, 2013
A Minnesota attorney has filed a sex-abuse lawsuit against the St. Luke Institute in Maryland, charging that staff failed to provide warning that a priest who had been treated there might remain a threat to young people.
Jeffrey Anderson, a lawyer who has pursued scores of sex-abuse charges against Catholic dioceses and religious orders, named the St. Luke Institute as a defendant in a case involving Father Francis Hoefgen. The suit also names the Archdiocese of St. Paul and St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.
According to the complaint, Father Hoefgen spent 6 months at the St. Luke Institute—the most prominent of several institutions that treated troubled clerics—in 1984 after he admitted to a sexual encounter with a teenage boy. After his return to Minnesota he was assigned to a parish, where he was accused of molesting a younger boy. The suit charges that officials at St. Luke Institute, along those at the archdiocese, had ample reason to believe that Hoefgen was a threat to young people, and withheld that evidence, allowing the later abuse to occur.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($3,183 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!