Settlement Results in Release of St. John’s Monk Files
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. John's Abbey has released the first batch of internal files of monks as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.
Attorney Jeff Anderson on Tuesday released the files on five monks.
The files reportedly show that two monks admitted to each having more than 200 sexual encounters, and that a third credibly accused monk was paid $30,000 to voluntarily leave the priesthood.
In a statement, Abbott John Klassen says the documents show each of the monks as "a fallible, relatable person."
Earlier this year, a Minnesota man who sued the abbey over alleged sex abuse reached a settlement with St. John's that will force the release of personnel files for 19 monks accused of sexually abusing minors.