|Bishop of Crookston Diocese Named in Lawsuit|
|Posted by KSJB News on 5/9/2017 9:17:00 AM.|
(AP) - A man who says he was abused by a priest 46 years ago is suing
Bishop Michael Hoeppner and the Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota,
alleging the bishop coerced him into signing a document saying the
abuse never happened.
lawsuit says Ronald Vasek was exploring whether to become a deacon in
2010 when he reported the abuse to Hoeppner. He says the bishop
advised him not to tell anyone. It also alleges Hoeppner suppressed
his report by threatening to make it hard for him to become a deacon,
and threatening Vasek's son's career as a priest.
Jeff Anderson says it's the first time a U.S. bishop has been sued
individually for coercion.
diocese's vicar general, Monsignor Michael Foltz, did not immediately
return a call seeking comment.