The settlement of a Minnesota lawsuit produced more than financial compensation for the alleged survivor of clergy sex abuse. It also saw the formation of an unlikely partnership.
In a 107-page sworn affidavit, Jennifer Haselberger alleges her former employer had a "cavalier attitude towards the safety of other children."
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in a deposition he was uncertain that abuse of a child by a priest was a crime when he was in the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Lawyers have asked the appeals court to remove a judge's decision, saying that the concern was for "his endorsement of the religious faith."
A former top official on two separate occasions advised St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign in response to accusations of mishandled clergy sex abuse allegations. While Nienstedt has not done so, Fr. Peter Laird heeded his own counsel.
There are still major hurdles before the Milwaukee archdiocese's bankruptcy plan is presented for a vote by claimants, of whom 575 are survivors of sexual abuse.
In his deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough did a little of everything. But mostly, he steadfastly defended the decisions he made his time at the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Through 200-plus pages of testimony, John Nienstedt frequently appears as a leader unaware of information concerning abuse, who at times failed to follow up on child-protecting protocols.
The Milwaukee archdiocese will walk away from bankruptcy relatively unscathed if its proposed reorganization plan is accepted by Judge Susan V. Kelley.
A motion filed Thursday could put the brakes on a possible deposition of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese filed a motion late Thursday night asking District Judge John Van de North to stay his decision from earlier in the week that depositions be taken of Nienstedt and former vicar general Fr. Kevin McDonough.