April 29, 2020 AP
LINCOLN, Mo. (AP) — The longtime pastor of the Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln made “occasional” sexual advances to students and seminarians, the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln announced Wednesday.
Monsignor Leonard Kalin, who died in 2008, led the Newman Center from 1970 to 1998.
The report said the leadership of the diocese was aware of the socializing, frequent trips to casinos, alcohol and cigarette use by Kalin but said evidence did not support allegations that church leaders knew of sexual impropriety by the priest, The Omaha World-Herald reported.
In a letter to church members Wednesday, Archbishop George Lucas said the investigation by an independent private investigator focused on Kalin’s leadership style and the culture he promoted at the Newman Center .
“The investigation did not find there was a culture of homosexuality at the Newman Center,” Lucas’ letter said. “The investigation did reveal that Msgr. Kalin did on occasion make sexual advances toward some seminarians and college students.”
In April 2019, the diocese released names of nine former priests — three of them now dead — facing substantiated allegations that they sexually abused minors.
‘I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice’
CANADA SUPREME COURT FINDS AGAINST CHURCH ATTEMPT TO LIMIT AWARDS TO VICTIMS.
CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2020 4:33 PM ET | Last Updated: May 1
London, Ont. lawyer Rob Talach said today’s Supreme Court decision puts a definitive end to the long legal battle involving the Basilian Fathers and Rod MacLeod, a former Sudbury high school student. (Doug Husby/CBC)
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Catholic teaching order concerning damages awarded to a former Sudbury high school student.
Lawyer Rob Talach says Father Hodgson Marshall was convicted of sexually abusing his client, Rod MacLeod, who was a student at St. Charles College from 1963-1967.
In 2011, Marshall was ultimately convicted of abusing 17 young people over his 38-year career. He served two years in federal prison and died in 2014.
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Talach said Thursday’s Supreme Court decision puts a definitive end to the long legal battle, and upholds the judgement on damages of more than $2.5 million dollars, including $500,000 in punitive damages.
“The outcome is a victory for not only Mr. MacLeod but also all victims of sexual abuse in Canada,” Talach said in a release. “The law is now friendlier to victims and tougher on their perpetrators.”
A call to the Basilian Fathers in Toronto has not been returned.
The Basilians are a Roman Catholic Religious Order of priests who operate on three continents, including Canada and the United States, with their headquarters located in Toronto.
MacLeod also commented on today’s decision:
“I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice through the courts. It is possible to achieve justice in Canada.”