Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Priest Tells Parishioners he was Sexually Abused, Plans to Resign

A friend of mine. He is a Benedictine. I remember having a discussion, one that turned heated where I suggested sending child abusing priests to monasteries as sort of a "penitentiary," Lawrence who was in a monastery at the time was horrified at this--I understand why even more now than I did back 12 years ago when we had the discussion.

Remember him in your prayers!

From AP Wire | 08/31/2004 | Priest tells parishioners he was sexually abused, plans to resign:

"It was anything but a standard homily - a Roman Catholic priest said he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy and will resign rather than undergo a church-ordered psychological assessment.

Parishioners at St. Brendan Catholic Church in this suburb northeast of Seattle were stunned by what they heard from the Rev. Lawrence Minder at three Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

'There was an audible gasp at the Sunday Mass, there was spontaneous crying at the Saturday Mass,' said Richard Foudray, 60. 'People were devastated.'

'My heart just broke when he said he had been raped,' said Kathleen Foudray, 58. 'When he told us he was resigning his position, I felt like I had a death in the family.'

According to churchgoers, Minder, 43, said a priest sexually abused him about 30 years ago and remained on assignment after he reported what had happened.

Minder said he would reject a request to undergo a psychological assessment that would be disclosed to the Archdiocese of Seattle and will resign instead, witnesses said."


  1. I have mixed feelings about the idea of presenting this info in a homily. I'd rather not have my young children subjected to this....who knows what ideas and questions (asked or unasked) this would leave in a young person's mind. Can't he just print a letter in the bulletin? (most kids don't read that). The homily should not be used as a parish "news release" opportunity, especially when it concerns sensitive issues like this one! It seems like it diverts attention from the real purpose of Divine Liturgy.

  2. I will say a prayer for him and all other victims of

  3. Yeah, lets not screw up the liturgy with anything like sin or assault or the need for redemption and healing or anything.

  4. I think the question of discussing this topic from the pulpit is the effect it might have on young children.

  5. Sorry about that. I was feelin' really snarky. I agree that it could elicit some very uncomfortable questions from kids. I don't think it could, in itself, do any damage though.

  6. You may be right, Bubbles. I certainly don't think the incident should be glossed over with the adults of the parish. I have some hesitancy about children being present for the discussion.

  7. The reason it was done at his home parish during homily was simply to give him the ability to present his side of the story without anyone able or willing to directly confront him on the factuality of his account. From my work and observation with Father Minder, he is among the most brilliant, deceptive and manipulative men that I have ever personally met, religious or secular. The fact is that he was creating a diversion because the archdiosese stepping in to help with a drinking problem that was getting in the way of his judgement (including a recent conviction of a drunk driving arrest). Local lay leaders who investigated his abuse claim have publicly questioned how his accusations would even have been possible given the timeline presented of who and where this was alleged to have happened (read the 9/1/04 Yakima Herald article for details) Judging by his character, the shroud of secrecy surrounding any details, and how it was presented, I suspect this is just another one of his public shows to sway public opinion.

  8. I know Father Lawrence well and I believe in his genuine love and affection of his religion and his love for the Church.

    Some of these comments are way out of line and you should be ashamed of yourselves. Pray for Fr. Lawrence do not tear him down anymore!

    Father Lawrence is a good and decent man!

    God Bless him and God bless you!


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