Bishop Donald Kettler added an additional name to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors: Father Charles Meyer, a member of the Society of the Precious Blood.
Meyer was added to the list following notification by the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, that it added him to its list of “extern clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” according to a June 12 news release from the diocese.
Meyer was ordained on May 14, 1931, in Ohio. In the Diocese of St. Cloud, he served as chaplain of Memorial Hospital in Perham (1966-70) and pastor of St. Lawrence in Rush Lake (1966-85). He died in 1997. No reports of alleged abuse against Meyer have been made to the Diocese of St. Cloud, the release noted. Bishop Kettler will hold a listening session at 6:30 p.m., July 28, at St. Lawrence in Rush Lake.
In January 2014, Bishop Kettler published the names of all clergy likely to have abused minors. The diocese updates the list as needed. The full list and contact information for victim advocates and county officials to whom abuse can be reported is available at http://stcdio.org/about/accountability.
Bishop Kettler asked Catholics in the diocese to pray for healing for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse.