Crookston Diocese accused of withholding names of priests in sexual abuse cases
By WDAY News on Apr 6, 2015 at 8:48 p.m.
Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) - The Crookston Diocese under fire after its Bishop is accused of withholding the names of priests involved in sex abuse cases.
A survivor's network of people abused by priests alleges Bishop Michael Hoeppner left out two priests from a list of offenders released in January 2014.
Rick Boyd was convicted in 1984 for possessing large amounts of child pornography.
Jerry Foley admitted to sexual misconduct in the 1970s and 80s.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.