Former St. Michael priest named in abuse list

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released a list of former priests which it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children since 1950, including a former priest who served at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Ramsey County District Court ordered the archdiocese to make the list public in a ruling made by Judge John Van de North.

Named was former St. Michael Catholic Church pastor Rev. Lee Krautkremer, who served from 1968 to 1970 as an associate priest in the Historic Church, and was pastor there from 1984 to 1987.

Krautkremer, 73, who was removed from the priesthood in 2002, was laicized by the Catholic Church in 2006. He now lives in Minneapolis, according to the Catholic Free Spirit.

In a letter, Archbishop John Nienstedt announced new disclosure practices in relation to abuse allegations.

He wrote that it has been the practice of the archdiocese to report all allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement and “any clergy member facing a credible claim of sexual abuse of minors will be removed from ministry pending an investigation of the claim.”

Nienstedt went on to say that if the claim is credible and can be substantiated, new disclosure practices will require that the claim be disclosed on the archdiocese’s website.

All of these claims have been substantiated, which means that there is reasonable grounds to believe that the reported abuse occurred. Most of the reported incidents of abuse occurred between the mid-1950s and the 1980s, and most of these men have been previously identified in media reports. All of these men have been permanently removed from ministry, and most of them have been out of ministry for a decade or more.