MN--Parents, police, parishioners and the public deserve to know

Statement by Verne Wagner of Duluth, Northeast MN SNAP director (218- 340-1277, [email protected])
As part of a settlement in a Twin Cities clergy sex abuse lawsuit, a Minnesota abbey will release the files of a “credibly accused” abusive Catholic cleric who worked in Duluth.
He is Fr. Angelo Zankl. He also spent time at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville MN.
Why must Duluth area citizens and Catholics learn more about potentially dangerous Catholic clerics only because victims elsewhere prod church officials elsewhere to disclose information by threatening to go to trial and expose more clerics who commit and conceal heinous crimes?
And what other secrets about proven, admitted or credibly accused clerics are Duluth Catholic officials hiding?
In 2013, Duluth officials put Zankl on a list of “credibly accused” abusers. But that’s the bare minimum. Parents, police, parishioners and the public deserve to know what he did, which church staff hid what he did, and whether anyone might still be prosecuted.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 22,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (952-334-5180, [email protected])

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