Names of 7 more priests 'credibly accused' of sexually abusing children released


The names and work histories of seven priests of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate that have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children were released Tuesday.

The names were divulged as part of a settlement, the Jeff Anderson & Associates PA law firm said in a news release, stemming from a civil lawsuit brought against the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Diocese of Duluth, and the Diocese of New Ulm.

Those named are:

  • Orville Munie
  • Michael Charland
  • James Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Robert Reitmeier
  • Emil Twardochleb
  • Paul Kabat
  • Thomas Meyer

According to MPR News, an Oblates spokesperson says five of the men are dead and the other two are no longer priests.

You can see each priest's assignment timeline on this release webpage. All of them worked in Minnesota for part of their careers, but also held positions across the country.

See a map of their Minnesota assignments on the right (click to enlarge).

The civil lawsuit, filed by John Doe 30, claimed he was abused when he was a minor back in 1978 by Fr. J. Vincent Fitzgerald.

In a statement, the Oblates said they "abhor and condemn all abuse and exploitation of minors," noting they are collaborating with attorneys and church authorities to "bring healing" to victims.

"The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are sincerely sorry for the suffering and loss that Doe 30 and others have lived with for many years because of the abuse they experienced," the Oblates said.

The settlement did not include the dioceses of Duluth or New Ulm. The civil case against them is pending in Ramsey County District Court, Anderson says.

Watch a press conference from Tuesday with attorney Jeff Anderson and sexual abuse survivor Joe McLean, who talks about his experience coming forward with claims against Charland – one of the seven names publicized in the settlement.

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