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Should James Rausch Be On Diocese of St. Cloud List?

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The St Cloud Dioceses has had two disclosures of list.  I have looked at each of those as they came out:

New List Of 17 From The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Has 4 That Were In Diocese of St Cloud

 

There have also been other lists from other parts of the state.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Adds 17 to List of Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Diocese of Winona Release Their List of 14 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Release Their List of 34 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Release 9 More Names

St. John’s Abbey Release Their List of 18 Monks and Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

The Diocese of Duluth Release Their List of 17 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

The Diocese of Crookston Release Their List of 6 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Crosiers Release Their List of 19 Priests Credibly Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Diocese of New Ulm Release Their List of 4 Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Minors

Not on the St Cloud list is Bishop James Rausch who was accused of sexually assaulting and passing around a teen with other priests.  In 2002,  the Boston Globe Spotlight team reported:

In his written account to the diocese in April, a copy of which was reviewed by the Globe, and in several interviews, O’Connor said that when he met Rausch in 1979, the bishop, who identified himself only as “Paul,” drove up beside him and offered him a ride. After getting into the car, O’Connor said, he initially resisted Rausch’s offer of $50 to allow Rausch to perform oral sex on him, but eventually agreed.

Throughout the summer and fall, a period when O’Connor became addicted to heroin, Rausch contacted him for additional exchanges of sex for money, O’Connor said. Once, he said, Rausch left him alone in his car while registering for a motel room. O’Connor, rifling Rauch’s glove compartment, discovered that “Paul” was really Bishop Rausch, and confronted him.

Earlier in his career Rausch was in St Cloud:

James S. Rausch

1956

St. Cloud bishop was Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968)

1957 St. Mary’s Cathedral St. Cloud MN 6/6 The cathedral had a school with 650 students.
1957 1967 Holy Angels St. Cloud MN 4/6, 5/6, 5/7, 5/8, 4/7, 3/7 Holy Angels had a school with 212-82 students.
1957 1967 Cathedral High School St. Cloud MN teacher; spiritual director 1957-1962 Cathedral High School had 515-774 boys and 631-903 boys.
1967 1968 On Duty Outside the Diocese/ Casa Santa Maria Rome Italy Rausch earned a PhD in pastoral psychology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
1968

Bartholome was succeeded by George Henry Speltz (1968-1987)

1972 On Duty Outside the Diocese/USCC Washington DC Assistant General Secretary 1970-1972 Rausch was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Cloud March 5, 1973, consecrated April 26, 1973.
1972 1977 NSCCB-USCC Washington DC General Secretary This was the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Rausch succeeded Bishop Joseph Bernardin, and was known as a strong advocate of progressive issues.
1977

Phoenix bishop was James S. Rausch (1977-1981)

1981 Phoenix

  Between 1995 and 2002 the Phoenix diocese was contacted twice regarding Rausch’s “sexual improprieties”.

AZ Bishop Rausch was appointed Bishop of Phoenix Jan. 25, 1977 and was installed March 22, 1977.

 

 

 

Of note Rausch was apointed auxiliary Bishop of St Cloud in March of 1973.

Considering the importance of these lists and the absence of all names there are a lot of questions to be answered.

Abuse of children and the continued silence by the offenders needs to be prevented. If you suffered, saw, or suspected such events, it is important to know that there is help out there.