MINNEAPOLIS — A New York man filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that he was sexually abused at a Bronx church in the 1960s by a priest who went on to become abbot of a Minnesota monastery and helped found an institute to deal with the problem of clergy sexual abuse.
The federal lawsuit was filed in Minnesota against the Order of St. Benedict and St. John’s Abbey. It alleges that former Abbot Timothy Kelly abused the man when he was an altar boy at St. Anselm’s Church in New York, where Kelly was an associate pastor. The abuse occurred in 1966 and 1967, when the plaintiff was about 15 or 16, according to the lawsuit. Kelly died in October.
Attorney Jeffrey Anderson said the man decided to come forward after reading Kelly’s obituary.
Pine Curtain... And there is still a question as to where Josh Guimond is. He's been missing for almost a decade now, and for some reason the local authorities aren't asking the same hard questions Josh's father has been asking. Questions like, "why was the Abbey incinerator turned on off schedule?" Or why was Josh looking up the statute of limitations for sexual abuse accusations on the college computers before he disappeared?