Saying the allegations must first be investigated, a St. John's Abbey spokesman won't comment on the central claim in a new lawsuit that accuses abbey officials of allowing a member to continue teaching long after he was accused of sexual abuse. A St. John's prep student claims in a suit filed in Stearns County that he was abused by the Rev. Allen Tarlton in the 1980s.
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Lawsuit: St. John's let accused pedophile keep teaching for decades
A lawsuit filed by a former student claims St. John's Abbey knew of sexual abuse allegations against a priest but allowed him to continue teaching for another 32 years. The plaintiff says he was sexually abused by the Rev. Allen Tarlton while attending prep school in the 1980's. He says St. John's knew of abuse allegations against Tarlton as far back as the 1950's.
St. John's requests to keep priest's info private in abuse case
The St. Cloud Times reports the abbey isn't opposed to the request for the documents -- but wants the order so that the information on the accused Rev. Francisco Schulte won't be released to the public.
Former priest alleges cover-up of sex abuse by Catholic, Episcopalian leaders
A former priest says officials at St. Johns Abbey in Collegeville were well aware of his inappropriate sexual contact. After St. Johns he went on to abuse members of a boys choir in Missouri. He says some 16 Catholic leaders and a top ranking Episcopalian leader were aware of the problem and chose to do nothing.
St. John's University names first lay president
The Catholic St. John's University in Collegeville announced Michael Hemesath as the institution's first full-time lay president. Hemesath is an economics professor at Carleton College and a 1981 graduate of St. John's. The Rev. Robert Koopmann announced he will step down at the end of this academic year.
St. John's Abbey marks 50th anniversary of church building
The church designed by architect Marcel Breuer has come to symbolize the abbey and university in Collegeville. Architecture Minnesota's editor says "It's hard to believe anything so thoroughly modern could be a half-century old."
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