January 08, 2005

Bishop's administrative role hit in old sexual abuse allegations

The Saginaw News

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Time and the legal system have not healed the wounds of a Minnesota family grappling with 28-year-old allegations of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.

Newly appointed Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Bishop Robert J. Carlson helped investigate their claims. Victim advocates say that Carlson's recommendations, as well as broken promises by other church leaders, prevented justice for the family.

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled -- for the second time -- that Theodore J. Krammer Jr., 38, of Stillwater, Minn., came forward too late with his civil child molestation suit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and former priest Lee D. Krautkremer.

Krammer sued in 2002 when he learned that the priest he accused of molesting him was not named in an archdiocese list of sexually abusive priests.

Carlson served as a priest/chancellor for the Minnesota diocese in 1983, when the allegations surfaced from the then-16-year-old Krammer's parents. Krammer said the incident occurred when he was 10.

Members of the Minnesota chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said that Carlson's reaction to the situation, which he was investigating with the Rev. Michael Korf, hindered justice for the family.

Posted by kshaw at January 8, 2005 09:14 AM