ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Catholic officials in St. Cloud will hold a listening session this weekend to address allegations that a former deacon sexually abused at least two boys some 40 years ago.

The Church of the Holy Spirit will hold a public session Sunday at 4 p.m.

The former deacon hasn’t been charged, but reports of abuse have been filed with St. Cloud police and deputies in Benton and Crow Wing counties.

St. Cloud Diocese officials say they scheduled the meeting because the allegations were deemed credible. Diocese spokeswoman Jane Marrin says officials want to hear from victims and offer them support and services.

The Associated Press is not naming the former deacon because he isn’t charged. He did not immediately return a message left at his home Saturday.

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Comments (8)
  1. Warthog says:

    A sick, deceptive religious corporation.

    1. See BS says:

      Like DFL Public Schools?

      1. Tom says:

        @ BS

        Actually that is more like the Private Schools !

        If you want to control what your child learns throw your money at a private school.

        1. See BS says:

          DFL Public Schools hold the record on sex abuse in the State of Minnesota, and you don’t have to go way back to the 1950’s to prove it.

  2. Ron says:

    Yes, it’s amazing how many stupid sheep are out there, makes me sick.

  3. teddy says:

    If you check the statistics, abuse if lower in the catholic faith than the general public or any other religion but should be 0%.

  4. Tom says:

    Fine time to hold a discussion forum about this subject. They had a chance to deal with this problem back then and they choose to cover it up. They dug their own hole.