May 23, 2016 – Statement regarding claims under the Minnesota Child Victims Act

May 23, 2016 STATEMENT RE: CLAIMS UNDER THE MINNESOTA CHILD VICTIMS ACT The Diocese of Saint Cloud is in the process of reviewing claims made against it that allege past sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and religious orders who served in the diocese. The Minnesota Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifts…

May 10, 2016 – Statement Regarding Fr. Gregory Poser, OSC

May 10, 2016 STATEMENT REGARDING FATHER GREGORY POSER, OSC Bishop Donald Kettler has been notified that Crosier Father Gregory Poser has been accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s when he was serving at St. Odilia Church in Shoreview, Minnesota. St. Odilia is in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which immediately…

March 24, 2016 – Statements Regarding Appointment of Archbishop Hebda

March 24, 2016 STATEMENTS REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF ARCHBISHOP HEBDA Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney released statements today following the announcement March 24 that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, 56, as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of…

March 16, 2016 – Statement Regarding Today’s Complaint and Hearing

March 16, 2016 STATEMENT REGARDING TODAY’S COMPLAINT AND HEARING The Diocese of St. Cloud has been named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging that Father Antonio Marfori sexually abused a minor in the late 1970s while he was an instructor at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. The diocese is reviewing this complaint….

October 13, 2015 – Statement Regarding Recent Complaint

October 13, 2015 STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT COMPLAINT The Diocese of St. Cloud has been named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging that Father Antonio Marfori sexually abused a minor in the late 1970s while he was a part-time instructor at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. The diocese is reviewing the complaint. After…

August 25, 2015 – Statement

8/25/15 STATEMENT REGARDING TODAY’S COMPLAINTS The Diocese of St. Cloud has been named in two civil lawsuits alleging that Father Donald Rieder sexually abused two minors in the 1960s while he was assigned at St. James Parish in Randall and St. Anne Parish in Kimball. The diocese has not yet had an opportunity to review…

July 17, 2015 – Statement on listening sessions

July 17, 2015 STATEMENT RE: LISTENING SESSIONS AND RECENT LAWSUITS Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud will hold a series of listening sessions in August following allegations of sexual abuse committed by three priests of the diocese. The Diocese of St. Cloud was recently notified of four civil lawsuits alleging abuse by…

January 23, 2015 – Diocese of St. Cloud Statement Regarding Court’s Summary Judgment

January 23, 2015 DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD STATEMENT REGARDING COURT’S SUMMARY JUDGMENT The Diocese of St. Cloud received notice today of the Seventh Judicial District Court’s decision to dismiss a nuisance claim against the diocese in a case alleging sexual abuse by James Thoennes in the mid-1960s. “While I welcome today’s decision by the court,…