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November 19, 2013

Suit: Priest admitted abuse, stayed active

Lawsuit claims priest Francis Hoefgen molested boy

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Anderson said the lawsuit names the archdiocese and the abbey as defendants because at the time of the alleged abuse, Hoefgen was a member of St. John's Abbey, but was on a joint assignment with the archdiocese. Hoefgen became a monk in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1979, Anderson said.

Anderson said this lawsuit marks the first time he has sued St. Luke Institute for its role in returning abusive priests to ministry.

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