Lawsuit to be filed against New Ulm diocese

Published 10:14 am Thursday, December 12, 2013

MANKATO — A man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest in Granite Falls is suing the Diocese of New Ulm and the Servants of the Paraclete.

The lawsuit expected to be filed Thursday alleges the diocese and the religious order were negligent in supervising the Rev. Francis Markey, who was in the diocese in 1984. The plaintiff claims Markey abused him when he was a boy at St. Andrew Parish.

The lawsuit also asks the diocese to release the names of 12 clerics accused of molesting children. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and St. John’s Abbey have released similar lists.

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Markey was extradited from the U.S. to Ireland in 2010 to face charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy there in 1968, but he died before trial.