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Former Lake Minnetonka Clergyman on List of Accused Priests

Thomas Stitts was a pastor at St. George in Long Lake from 1973 until 1980.

A former Lake Minnetonka clergyman is on a list of priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the archdiocese (of St. Paul and Minneapolis),” according to the archdiocese’s newspaper.

Thomas Stitts was a pastor at St. George in Long Lake from 1973 until 1980. His careers ran from 1962 to 1985, when he was permanently removed from the ministry. He died that same year.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis published the list of 34 priests Thursday in the online edition of The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper that serves the archdiocese.

About half of the parishes in the archdiocese—92 out of 188 parishes—had one of the priests on the list there at some point, according to the archdiocese.

The publication was made in response to ongoing lawsuits against priests and the church arising from childhood sexual abuse cases. The archdiocese and Diocese of Winona originally sought to seal the list—which was created in 2004 and included 33 of the 34 priests named today, according to the Star Tribune.

The courts agreed to seal the list in 2009. But Archbishop John Nienstedt reversed course after the church was accused of shielding priests—allegations that gained extra fuel in recent months from a Minnesota Public Radio exposé.

The information being released comes mostly from reported incidents that occurred between the mid-1950s and 1980s, according to The Catholic Spirit.

“All have been permanently removed from ministry or are deceased,” the article said.

The church says it is engaged in a comprehensive review of clergy files and will update the list as it makes additional announcements.
Judy Jones December 05, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Now a bit more truth has been exposed because brave victims forced Archbishop Neinstedt to release the names of these accused priests. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Thomas Adamson, John Brown, Cosmas Dahlheimer, Gilbert DeSutter, Gilbert Gustafson, Louis Heitzer, Rudolph Henrich, Francis Hoefgen, Richard Jeub, Dennis Kampa, Robert Kapoun, Jerome Kern, Lee Krautkremer, Ronan Charles Liles, Alfred Longley, Brennan Maiers, Timothy McCarthy, John McGrath,, Paul Palmitessa, Joseph Pinkosh, Francis Reynolds , Richard Skluzacek, Michael Stevens,Thomas Stitts, Robert Thurner, Clarence Vavra, Joseph Wajda, Raymond Walter, Curtis Wehmeyer, Robert Zasacki , Eugene Corica , Robert Loftus, Patrick Ryan, and/or Roger Vaughn will find the courage and strength to come forward, and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Also---- Why is Br Stephen Baker's name "not" on this list of accused predators which the St Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese released today? Br Baker sexually abused a boy in this Archdiocese, and it was reported to these church officials in 2003.. and settled in 2005. Br Baker is accused of abusing dozens of children, and since Baker was located in this Archdiocese between 1977-1981, we fear there could be many victims of this serial child predator. http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Baker_Stephen_P.htm Now we wonder how many others are missing from Neinstedt's list ? Hopefully anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Br Stephen Baker, will have the courage to come forward and report it to law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests"

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