May 05, 2006

Suit says order has more abusers

Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press
Two Minnesota men who said they were sexually abused by members of a Catholic order of priests and brothers have sued the group, asking that it publicly identify all past offenders.

The Crosier Fathers and Brothers, who have a provincial headquarters in Shoreview, released a third-party audit four years ago that identified eight members of the order who had been credibly accused of molesting a minor. The Crosiers said all such offenders had been removed from public ministry.

But the suit filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court said more molesters have since become known and that the Crosiers should identify them.

"We've identified 14,'' said attorney Jeff Anderson, representing the two men in Thursday's court action. "If we know of that many, there have to be so many out there.''

Posted by kshaw at May 5, 2006 11:03 AM