An investigation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis found that one of its former officials mishandled sexual abuse cases.
The archdiocese announced on Thursday that Father Kevin 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 environment.”
According to the Star Tribune, the church was hit hard by a scandal surrounding clergy abuse in 2013, when the statute of limitations for filing claims on older cases was lifted.
By 2016 more than 500 people filed claims against the organization, the newspaper noted. In 2018, the archdiocese settled for $210 million.
The church noted that the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office filed civil and criminal charges against it, alleging that by its “act, word, or omission encouraged, caused or contributed” to the abuse of three juveniles by a priest.
Between 1995 to 2013, McDonough held roles in safe environment, where he was tasked with overseeing misconduct investigations and providing services to victims, the archdiocese said.
McDonough was not charged with a crime, the church noted. However, the actions of McDonough and other leaders were cited in these cases, raising questions as to whether the official mishandled cases.
The archdiocese said its probe found that McDonough “failed, albeit not intentionally, to adequately keep children safe.”
The archdiocese said that McDonough could continue in the church, but not in roles similar to his past leadership position. He could still remain in his current duty as pastor at Incarnation parish.