New Ulm Diocese Sex Abuse Suit 19 Jun 13

The Diocese of New Ulm is being sued by a man who claims he was sexually abused by a priest serving at St. Joseph Parish in Henderson in 1982. The lawsuit alleges that the Diocese knew about Father Francis Markey’s past history of pedophilia in Ireland prior to his local assignment. Bishop Delegate Douglas Grams says there is no record of Father Markey being assigned in Henderson, no record of any reports of abuse while he was there, and there was no prior knowledge of Markey’s history of abuse, only that he was a recovering alcoholic. Grams says that the Diocese did not invite Father Markey to come to the area. The complaint accuses the Diocese of negligent or deceptive actions and asks for damages in excess of $50,000. Another case was filed against the Diocese in 2011 by a man who claimed he was sexually abused by Markey while the priest was in Granite Falls. That case was dismissed later that year. Markey was extradited to Ireland to face child molestation charges in 2010, and reportedly died while awaiting trial.