Twin Cities archdiocese faces new sex abuse lawsuit

Published 9:47 am Friday, November 1, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman who alleges a priest molested her in the mid-1980s when she was a young girl has sued him and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, saying church leaders including then-Archbishop John Roach knew he was dangerous because he had previously confessed to abusing another child.

Her attorneys also released documents they say show Robert Carlson, now the archbishop of St. Louis, helped cover up the earlier case.

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 sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy from his previous church.

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Thurner does not have a listed number. The Twin Cities archdiocese hasn’t commented. The St. Louis archdiocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment.