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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Diocese named in lawsuit seeking release of names

  • The Diocese of New Ulm was named in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Francis Markey, a deceased priest.
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  • The Diocese of New Ulm was named in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Francis Markey, a deceased priest.
     
    A man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest in Granite Falls is suing the Diocese of New Ulm and the Servants of the Paraclete to force the release of their lists of clerics accused of molesting children.
     
    The lawsuit, filed Dec. 12, alleges the Diocese of New Ulm and Servants of the Paraclete were negligent in allowing Rev. Francis Markey access to children.
    The new lawsuit against the Diocese of New Ulm claims Markey sexually assaulted a Granite Falls boy while in the United States to be treated for pedophilia at the Servant of the Paraclete facility in New Mexico.
     
    The plaintiff, who remains unnamed in the lawsuit, claims Markey abused him when he served for three months at St. Andrew's Church in 1982, when he was about 8 years old.
     
    In the spring of 1982, Fr. Markey served at the Church of St. Andrew in Granite Falls, following the death of the parish’s pastor and before the new pastor began his assignment there.
     
    Fr. Markey left the diocese in June of 1982 and was extradited from Indiana to Ireland in 2010, to face charges that he raped a boy in that country over 40 years ago. He died in September of 2012, while awaiting trial.
     
    After several reports that Markey had sexually assaulted children in Ireland, he was sent to the Servant of the Paraclete facility in New Mexico for treatment. Prior to that he had been sent to sex offender treatment facilities in Ireland three times between 1964 and 1975 because he had been accused of sexually assaulting teen boys.
     
    The Diocese of New Ulm released a statement regarding the lawsuit, stating in part: 
     
    “The Diocese of New Ulm deeply regrets the long-lasting and devastating effects of sexual misconduct on the part of the clergy. Such misconduct requires positive action on our part, and we have been strengthening our systems and procedures in order to address this grave issue.” 
     

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