Minnesota Catholic officials - with the Franciscans and the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese - made a secret settlement seven years ago with a clergy sex abuse victim and have stayed silent about the child molesting cleric even though more than 70 kids in three states now say he molested them.
Why are they keeping this secret and how many other secret settlements are being made by the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and by Catholic religious orders in Minnesota?
Since the initial allegations against Br. Baker were announced (in Ohio last month), no church official in the Twin Cities area came forward to say ‘yes, he abused kids here too.'
Knowing that Baker abused at least one kid here, we want to know if there were any other victims.
There have been so many allegations that it’s almost impossible to believe that there is only one victim in Minnesota. It’s time for Twin Cities archdiocesan staff to end their dangerous secrecy and come clean about Br. Baker today.
If a single child has been hurt by Baker over the past seven years, Twin Cities Catholic officials are to blame. They had the duty, in 2005, to tell the public that Baker was credibly accused and that they settled with at least one of his victims. hey acted selfishly in stead of acting responsibly. And they're still acting selfishly today, by staying silent.
It’s time for Twin Cities archdiocesan staff to end their dangerous secrecy and come clean about Br. Baker today and explain their on-going secrecy.