“It’s been a sea change,” said Bob Schwiderski, a decades-long victims’ advocate who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy.“We’re no longer considered ignorant money-grabbers …” said a shaken Heutmaker, at his home in Prior Lake.“It speaks to the fact that so many of these people are in denial of what they’ve done.Now both the chancery and the residence have been sold, and the archdiocesan staff is moving to a less-expensive location on the East Side as the church divests its assets to help pay for victims’ compensation in bankruptcy court.Archbishop John Nienstedt, who lived at the Summit Avenue residence when the law was passed, resigned under pressure over his handling of newly exposed abuse cases and allegations about his own behavior.I’ve gone from being spit on to being applauded.” “It’s been a catharsis, not just for the victims but for the institutional church,” said Charles Reid, a law professor at the University of St. “The church is made healthier by honesty, transparency, and new leadership.” In 2013, Minnesota became the fourth state to create a temporary window in its civil statute of limitations to give child sex abuse victims their day in court.
But its most profound effect was on the abuse victims themselves.
We listen to the story of Jamie Heutmaker about his long journey to bring justice to the priest who sexually molested him when he was a kid. In mid-May, the “latest news” included a report that Edina police had cleared a priest in Fridley of possessing child pornography, but that the archdiocese would conduct an internal investigation.
Two other reports were about new abuse claims made to the archdiocese against a Crosier priest who had served at St.
In addition to clergy, Minnesotans reported abuse by leaders at other well-known and respected institutions such as the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, the Boy Scouts of America and public and private schools.
Providing legal recourse Among those reporting abuse was Jamie Heutmaker.
The three year window for filing those claims ends May 25, and attorneys on both ends are rushing to the finish line.