Twin Cities Archdiocese Faces New Sex Abuse Suit

Updated: 10/29/2013 7:43 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 7:14 AM
By: Scott Theisen

A woman who alleges a priest molested her in the mid-1980s when she was a young girl is suing him and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The lawsuit alleges the archdiocese was negligent when it placed the Rev. Robert Thurner at a West St. Paul church because he already had admitted to top church officials, including then-Archbishop John Roach, that he'd sexually abused a 16-year-old boy at his previous church in Hopkins.
Attorney Jeff Anderson says the woman, identified only as Doe 23, was 7 or 8 at the time. He says she came forward amid fresh public criticism of how current archdiocese leaders have handled other sexual misconduct allegations.
Thurner does not have a listed phone number. The archdiocese did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, the archdiocese has called a meeting with priests Wednesday as part of a bi-annual clergy meeting.

On the agenda is the issue of sexual abuse. The meeting is closed to the public and the media.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.

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