11.20.13

More Priest Abuse Lawsuits in Minnesota

Posted in Abuse at 1:57 pm by kevin

A treatment center in Minnesota for abusive priests is the focus of a recent lawsuit. A man being called “Doe 27” claims to have been abused by retired priest, Rev. Francis Hoefgen who is now 63 years old.

According to the Star Tribune, “The center in Silver Spring, Md., has been a destination for the treatment of Minnesota Catholic monks and priests accused of sexual abuse of children, other sexual misconduct and addiction. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville also are named in the suit …

“…The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Dakota County, involves the Rev. Francis Hoefgen, now 63. Coupled with a separate clergy sex abuse suit filed Monday, the archdiocese has been sued at least 21 times since the Child Victims Act lifted the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and gave past victims a three-year window to bring previously barred claims.

“Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for St. Luke Institute, said she had not seen the lawsuit involving Hoefgen and could not comment. The archdiocese issued a statement saying it was investigating the claims.”