Records Reveal Minnesota Priests Raped Hundreds Of Children For Decades

by Carol Adl




Records which were made public on Tuesday revealed that Catholic priests in Minnesota engaged in a sustained and coordinated campaign of child rape as the Church kept the evidence buried.

Catholic priests at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville went to great lengths to keep their secret hidden from the public for decades.

The abbey was required to release its internal files as part of a lawsuit settled earlier this year. It marks the first time the abbey, implicated in clergy abuse cases for two decades, has opened its confidential files.

The files included psychiatric assessments of five priests, records of the abuse accusations and the responses from the abbey dating back from the 1960s to a few years ago.

Alternet reports:

The documents released regarding five abusive priests on Tuesday mark the first time the monastery has opened its records to the public after being embroiled in abuse lawsuits for more than 20 years. The files include psychiatric assessments of the five men, records of abuse allegations and the abbey’s responses dating back from the 1960s to the last few years, including records of one priest who molested more than 200 victims, all boys, from the sons of parishioners to child prostitutes as young as 13 in Thailand.

Rev. Finian McDonald confessed in a 2012 psychiatric session that he molested more than 200 boys, 18 of whom were children under his care in the dormitories of St. John’s Preparatory School, the private boys’ school run by the monks. McDonald admitted that he drank heavily and freely preyed on students during his years as a dormitory prefect.

The abbey released a written statement in an effort to minimize the damning reports.

“There are documents in each file which may be quoted and framed in a lurid context,” wrote Brother Aelred Senna. “But the huge majority of the documents in each of these files acknowledges the very real failures of some monks while showing each of the accused monks as a fallible, relatable person.”

Senna alleges that the abbey made no attempt to cover up abuse allegations when they were brought to church leaders’ attention.

However, Victim Troy Bramlage’s attorney Jeff Anderson said in a press conference on Tuesday that the documents show a clear pattern of systematic abuse with no serious efforts made to protect the children in the monks’ care.

“So many offenders were allowed access to so many kids for so many years,” Anderson said. “This reflects to us…that there are dozens and hundreds of survivors that are yet to be known.”

Four other predator priests were profiled in the documents: Rev. Tom Gillespie, former priest Fran Hoefgen, the Rev. Bruce Wollmering and the Rev. Richard Eckroth. Wollmering and Eckroth, said the Star-Tribune, are deceased.

Hoefgen was acquitted of sexually harassing a teen boy earlier this year, but the newly released records show that he exhibited a pattern of predatory behavior toward boys, beginning in the 1980s and continuing through the next two decades.

Rather than alert authorities and dismiss Hoefgen, however, he abbey presented him with $30,000 to help him “transition out of the priesthood.”

The documents show that the abbey moved priests from parish to parish when abuse allegations where levied against them, covering up the problem and keeping secrets within their own ranks. There are 14 more priests associated with the abbey whose records have yet to be produced.


TAP – The Roman system runs on paedophilia.  It’s the reward for complying and keeping quiet.  The historical Jesus insisted all his priests, judges and administrators were male and eunuchs.  The concept of celibacy is a deception.  They’re not celibates.  They’re paedophiles.  A dick under a cassock spells danger.  When Christianity took over and Jesus was defeated, castration was made illegal.  They want their servants to be compromised.  That’s how the powerful control them.  Josephus Flavius (St Paul) was the first, and since then, worldwide, the paedophile child rape system has ruled.


5 Responses to “Records Reveal Minnesota Priests Raped Hundreds Of Children For Decades”

  1. Dogman says:

    They use concordats to protect the church. A clause in the 2007 concordat with Brazil seems calculated to protect the Church from being sued for abusive priests. From the point of view of the Vatican the problem first arose in 2002 iin the US when the clerical abuse scandal shocked the nation and that year one of the victims sued for damages, arguing that the diocese was liable because the priest was essentially its employee. The secret negotiations for the Brazilian concordat began in 2006, the year after the abuse scandal broke in that country and it was revealed that many priests had been targeting poor and fatherless children. The Vatican diplomats will have been well aware of the financial danger to the Brazilian Church of the claim, already making its way through American courts, that priests were Church employees and their diocese could therefore be sued. Article 16.1 of the Brazilian concordat should help prevent victims in Brazil from launching similar claims

  2. Dogman says:

    What are Concordats?
    These church-state accords, known under various names, can give the Catholic Church massive state subsidies and other privileges. They can also let Church employees be hounded about their private lives. Yet as “international treaties”, once ratified, concordats cannot be changed by parliaments. Most have been concluded with the Vatican, but now many are being made with the Order of Malta which functions as the Pope’s “wholly-owned subsidiary”.
    The Sovereign Military Order of Malta has concluded more than 70 concordats with countries worldwide. Called “cooperation agreements”, these treaties let it deliver state-funded social services in accordance with Catholic doctrine. This religious order is “sovereign” when it deals with nation states, but not when it deals with the Vatican. It is firmly controlled by the pope.
    Concordats are no longer agreements between the pope and a Catholic king, as they were when they began. Now they are being extended to countries without a Catholic majority, or even a Christian majority.
    The Vatican signed the United Nations treaty to protect children with a reservation that says it can only be applied in line with Church teaching. But when that made it sound as if this permitted worldwide child abuse, the Vatican changed direction. Now it says its signature only commits it to protect the children in the (virtually childfree!) Vatican city
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  3. Dogman says:

    Tap is right, the thread runs thrughout the church’s history
    1415 Pope John XXIII deposed: “The most scandalous charges were suppressed; the Vicar of Christ was only accused of piracy, murder, rape, sodomy and incest.”
    – Gibbon (Decline & Fall)

    1478: Pope Sixtus IV, in alliance with King Ferdinand of Spain, establishes the Spanish Inquisition. Jews, Moors and heretics will be imprisoned, tortured and murdered for centuries.
    The bisexual Sixtus, though suffering from syphilis, fathers children from his elder sister.
    1844: ‘Protection of Children Act’ allows Church missionaries in Australia to kidnap aboriginal children.
    “The Roman Catholic Church has removed 218 priests from their positions this year because of child sexual abuse allegations, but at least 34 known offenders remain in church jobs”- Reuters (June 9 2002)

  4. Dogman says:

    From the Almanac of Evil:
    [Crime No.11-03] Of repeated rapes, murders, incest and moral depravity : (1012 – 1024 CE) That Pope Benedict VIII did maintain the new traditions of the Roman Catholic Papacy by maintaining within St. Peter’s Church itself the regular ancient rituals of the Israelite Kings and High priests of the line of Solomon in conducting drug fuelled sexual orgies, infanticide, ritual killing of women during and after sex, cannibalism and other completely depraved acts.

    [Crime No.11-03] Of murder by torture and cruelty for the purpose of Satanism : (1022) That Pope Benedict VIII did regularly order people, especially children be sacrificed by fire, consistent with ancient Jewish satanic traditions including the burning of 13 heretics in Orleans by King Robert the Pius.
    [Crime No.11-03] Of obtaining property by robbery (1033 CE) That Pope Benedict IX did organize priests to dress up as robbers along the roads leading to Rome to rob pilgrims, of their wealth and sometimes capture their children for sacrifice in St. Peters.

    [Crime No.11-03] Of repeated incest : (1032 onwards) That Pope Benedict IX did commit repeated incest upon all his children, male and female and did father several illegitimate children.

    [Crime No.11-03] Of sodomy and murder : (1012- 1070’s): That Pope Benedict IX did commit upon the altar of St. Peters and other churches of the Roman Catholic Empire the ritualistic sodomy of children followed by their cruel and brutal murder.

    [Crime No.11-03] Of bestiality : (1012 – 1070’s): That Pope Benedict IX did commit bestiality with animals both within sacred churches and in the open, including the subsequent killing of these animals as part of modified satanic rituals.
    [Crime No.11-03] Of establishing an unlawful enterprise for the purpose of crime : (1045 CE) That upon the purchase of the Papacy in 1045 CE by Pope Gregory VI for approximately $13 million, the traditional families and bloodlines of Jewish High Priests and Sadducees did occasionally auction the Papacy to the highest bidder, instead of keeping it within the traditional bloodlines as a method of obtaining family wealth.

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