The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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June 18, 2013

Priest who served in area accused of sex abuse


He estimates that Markey ruined or upset many other young men's lives after he was sent to the United States. For him, Markey┬╣s abuse has made him always question other people's motives. It's also hard for him to trust anyone.

"You trust priests," he said. "You trust teachers, relatives and mom and dad. It robs innocence from you. That trust goes away and you start wondering about other things in your life."

After leaving Minnesota, Markey was assigned to the Servants of the Paraclete religious order in New Mexico in 1984. He served as chaplain of the Betty Ford Clinic in California during the 1990s. Rape charges were filed in Ireland for the 1968 incident after that victim came forward in 2006. Markey was living in the South Bend, Ind., area when he was extradited to Ireland.

Grams said the diocese now has screening procedures and annual training for priests to help identify possible predators.

"We take all allegations of sexual conduct seriously and if anyone has been hurt, come forward," Grams said. "We will help with spiritual guidance and healing."

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