Twin Cities archdiocese faults cleric’s handling of clergy abuse allegations

Twin Cities archdiocese faults cleric’s handling of clergy abuse allegations

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday announced that an investigation into a former church administrator’s handling of clergy misconduct allegations found that he “failed, albeit not intentionally, to adequately keep children safe.”

The Archdiocesan Ministerial Review Board “conducted an exhaustive review” of the actions of the Rev. Kevin McDonough, who oversaw investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by priests during his time as vicar general from 1991 to 2008 and as “delegate for safe environment” from 2008 until the fall of 2013.

The Rev. Kevin McDonough, , formerly vicar general of the archdiocese. (Pioneer Press file photo)

“After extensive deliberations, the MRB found that Father McDonough had not always demonstrated sufficiently sound judgment in handling allegations of ministerial misconduct or in attending to his duties to prevent harm and create safer environments,” according to a statement from Tim O’Malley, the archdiocese’s director of ministerial standards and safe environment. “Although the Board found that Father McDonough did not intend for harm to occur, they concluded that harm did occur.”

Driven into bankruptcy by the clergy abuse scandal, the archdiocese reached a $210 million settlement with 450 survivors of clergy sexual abuse in 2018.

The board recommended McDonough be barred from holding such positions in the future, but the board said he should be allowed to continue his ministry at Incarnation parish in South Minneapolis, O’Malley said in his statement.

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