From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Documents from the priest file of Donald Dummer provided to Jeff Anderson and Associates by the archdiocese under a court order earlier this year were released today by Jeff Anderson and Associates. This release is in the interest of public disclosure and transparency.
Dummer is a priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order who was permanently removed from ministry in 2006. Dummer is accused of possessing child pornography while he was living within the archdiocese. Today, we would handle such allegations differently. Dummer left the Twin Cities area in 2010. In November 2013, the archdiocese provided Dummer’s file to police investigators. In October 2014, the archdiocese added Dummer’s name to a list of those men with substantiated claims of abuse against them of sexually abusing a minor. A substantiated claim is one for which sufficient evidence exists to establish reasonable grounds to believe that the alleged abuse occurred. It is not a presumption of guilt. This list is posted on the archdiocesan website at SafeEnvironmentSPM.org.
Archbishop John Nienstedt, I and all other archdiocesan leaders are committed to doing everything we can to prevent abuse of the young and the vulnerable and to help abuse victims/survivors and their loved ones heal. I apologize for the grave harm caused by clergy sexual abuse to victims/survivors, their families and their communities.