Diocese Sues Diocese 28 Mar 14

In a rare move, the Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese, alleging it sent a priest to Minnesota without warning about past accusations of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit is against the Diocese of Clogher in Ireland and the Servants of the Paraclete religious order.

The New Ulm Diocese claims it never would have accepted the Reverend Francis Xavier Markey in 1981 if it had been told about his past allegations.

While in Minnesota, Markey had been accused of sexually abusing boys in Henderson and GraniteFalls, but was supposedly not a member of the New Ulm Diocese when the molestations occurred.

He died in 2012 while awaiting trial on child rape charges in Ireland.