Last Thursday, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis released a statement indicating that Father John Bussmann has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to when "he was still in ministry and serving at a parish." According to the same statement, Bussmann has been out of ministry (on a leave of absence) since 2003.

Those of you unfamiliar with John Bussmann and his history in this Archdiocese may want to review my statements on his resignation from ministry and the deal he entered into at that time. You can find this on pages 82, 82, and 84 of my affidavit in the Doe 1 case.

While the version I have linked to is redacted, several pages without redaction were released by the Ramsey County Attorneys Office following the conclusion of the criminal case against the Archdiocese. The supporting documents attached to the RCAO affidavit will be of interest to those of you who have not yet seen them, in particular the allegation involving Archbishop Nienstedt's conduct with minors while at World Youth Day.


08/17/2016 2:31pm

After reading your affidavit on pages 82-84, please remind me again why Father McDonough has not been prosecuted by Choi for his role in this mess.

08/21/2016 3:55pm

'Not enough evidence' ... ??

What's wrong with humanity ...

Lost...checked out..Afraid ~ distracted ..indifferent...

What will it take ... ??

Come, Lord Jesus, come...


08/25/2016 10:07pm

What about the other monsters that need to go? And what is up with Choi being weak about Neinstedt? Sickening. I am doing my "own reform" as a Catholic. Follower of Christ First, the Church...well She is in need of laity unity and voice because the priests have this twisted loyalty to a bishop and not to Christ nor the laity.

Former Catholic
08/18/2016 6:09am

I totally agree with you Matilde. He always seems to escape unscathed when he is at the center of all of this.

We all wonder if the victims and the parishes will ever see justice prevail? It seems like everyone is afraid to prosecute McDonough.

08/20/2016 9:15am

Why hasn't John Bussman been removed from the priesthood? On leave? Ridiculous.

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    Jennifer Haselberger is a canon lawyer who served as the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until April of 2013, when she resigned in protest of the Archdiocese's handling of sexual misconduct by clergy.

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