MN & NC--Secret records about ex-NC abusive cleric are released
For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Long-secret records about a child molesting cleric who worked in Raleigh and abused two North Carolina brothers have been released because abuse victims insisted on the disclosure as part of a legal settlement. North Carolina Catholic officials should tell parents, parishioners and the public about him.
He’s Father Raymond Francisco Schulte. (His photo is at BishopAccountability.org)
In 2010, two brothers filed a civil lawsuit in Minnesota (where Fr. Schulte lives and his church supervisors are headquartered). They say Fr. Schulte sexually molested them between 1984-1986. One was 12 and was assaulted in North Carolina at a condominium owned by Fr. Jeffrey Ingham. The other was 14-16 and was assaulted in Mexico, Minnesota and in North Carolina.
One year later, another similar suit by another victim was filed in Puerto Rico. And church officials from two institutions – St. John’s Abbey and the St. Cloud diocese – have included his name on lists they’ve made public of credibly accused clerics.
Fr. Schulte is also accused of knowing about abuse by two other clerics (Br. Dunstan Moorse and Br. John Kelly). His Catholic supervisors claim he’s living a “restricted” lifestyle at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville MN. But Fr. Schulte has reportedly traveled often, including to Italy. As recently as 2010, he was living in Rome.
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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