Woman Claims Archdiocese Leaders Ignored Reports of Abuse

Updated: 02/11/2014 8:52 AM
Created: 02/10/2014 9:26 PM
By: Jay Kolls

A member of the Catholic Church tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she reported possible abuse of young boys by a priest to Archdiocese officials and nothing was done about it. 

Mary Tacheny attended the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood and witnessed a priest who had "crossed boundaries" with young boys, she said.

"I reported the incidents I saw to Father Kevin McDonough, and he lied to me about conducting an investigation into it," Tacheny said. Father McDonough, at the time, was the second-in-command at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Tacheny says Father McDonough told her, "There is no smoking gun and there is nothing more to do with this investigation."

Tacheny says she approached the people Father McDonough told her he had spoken to and says "not one of them knew what I was talking about. They told me Father McDonough had never talked to them about possible abuse by a priest at the Church.

Tacheny says Father McDonough "lied and lied and lied to me. He lied right to may face about conducting the investigation." Tacheny recently brought her information about Father McDonough's role in the investigation to St. Paul Police.

The Archdiocese did not want to comment on our story, but did say it encourages anyone with information about possible child abuse to come forward and contact law enforcement.

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