Assignment Record – Rev. Michael Jerome Keating

Summary of Case: Ordained a priest of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese at age 46 in 2002, Keating was an assistant parish priest for three years before settling into a career as an associate professor of Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas. In 2006 the parents of a young woman reported to the archdiocese and to law enforcement that Keating sexually abused their daughter from 1997-2000, beginning when she was 13 years-old. Keating was a seminarian at the time, and almost 30 years the girl's senior. The family gave archdiocesan investigators emails the girl had received from Keating in which he professed his love for her. An internal archdiocesan investigation also yielded allegations that Keating had an "at best emotionally intense and at worst sexually abusive relationships with as many as four young women or girls", including a 14-year-old Italian girl he met while studying for the priesthood in Rome. The archdiocesan review board determined that there was not enough evidence, but that Keating should be restricted from ministering to young adults or adolescents. He nonetheless continued to as a chaplain and teacher of young people at St. Thomas. He was not charged criminally. The young woman who's family went to the archdiocese in 2006 filed charges against Keating in October 2013, and went public with the accusations. Keating denied the abuse and went on a leave of absence.

Ordained
: 2002


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

 

St. Paul- Minneapolis archbishop was Harry Joseph Flynn (1995- 2008)

2002 St. Paul Seminary

St. Paul

In 2006 the parents of a young woman reported to the archdiocese that Keating sexually abused their daughter from 1997-2000, beginning when the girl was 13 years-old. Keating was a seminarian during the years of the alleged abuse, and 29 years the girl's senior. Keating was a friend of the girl's parents and a frequent overnight guest. Keating denied the abuse.

A fellow priest told the archdiocesan official investigating the allegations against Keating in 2006 that Keating had " very emotionally intense and perhaps physically sexual relationships "with two under aged young women, including a 14 year-old Italian girl he met while he was studying for the priesthood in Rome. The archdiocesan investigator, then vicar-general Rev. Kevin McDonough, found that "A number of people have commented on the intensely connected emotional relationship that Michael Keating and [the girl] had, and a variety of kisses and other embraces that were publicly visible." The Italian girl denied that Keating had done anything inappropriate.

MN seminarian  

2002

 

2005 St. John the Baptist New Brighton MN 2/2

St. John the Baptist's had a school with 439-440 students, and a CCD program with 745-529 students.

Keating's accuser stated in 2013 that the priest gave her his car in 2004, after she confronted him about the abuse.

2005

Flynn was succeeded by John Clayton Nienstedt (2008 - )

2013 University of St. Thomas St. Paul MN

Catholic Studies associate professor; Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership director; Rome Program manager; chaplain for Catholic men and women's campus houses

 

Keating's accuser reported her claim to the diocesan internal review board in 2006, and to law enforcement. Charges were not filed and the review board determined there was insufficient evidence; the young woman had given the board emails from the priest to her in which he professed his love for her. Keating was kept in ministry, but was to be restricted from "retreats, spiritual counseling or mentoring, particularly of adolescents or young adults." He nonetheless continued his work with young people.
2012 2013 Presbyteral Council: Deanery 16   MN   Keating's accuser filed a lawsuit against him in October 2013. Keating went on a leave of absence days before the suit was filed.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 2003-2012)

Media Advisory: Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Offending Priest Still in Ministry, Father Michael Keating, Anderson & Associates, October 13, 2013
Minn. Priest Takes Leave of Absense before Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit, The CBS Minnesota, October 13, 2013
University of St. Thomas Priest Takes Leave of Absence, Says Archdiocese, By Madeleine Baran, The Minnesota Public Radio,
October 13, 2013
Popular St. Thomas Priest Michael Keating Takes Leave of Absence, By Brian Lambert, The Minnpost, October 14, 2013
Doe 20 v Fr Michael J Keating, District Ct, Ramsey Co MN, Oct. 14, 2013
Lawsuit Alleges Abuse by U of St. Thomas Priest, By Leslie Dyste, KAAL, October 14, 2013
Woman Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against St. Thomas Priest and Professor, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio,
October 14, 2013
Lawsuit Alleges Abuse by U of St. Thomas Priest, NorthJersey.com, October 14, 2013
St. Paul: St. Thomas Priest to Be Sued Monday for 'Sexual Contact', By Andy Greder, The Pioneer Press, October 14, 2013
Media Advisory: Sexual Abuse Survivor Sues Offending Priest Still in Ministry, Father Michael Keating, Anderson & Associates,
October 13, 2013
St. Thomas Priest Sued; Woman Alleges Repeated Sexual Abuse As Minor, By Emily Gurnon and Andy Greder, Pioneer Press
October 14, 2013
Catholic Panels Re-victimizes Girl; SNAP Responds, SNAP, October 14, 2013
Mn - Many Clergy Sex Victims Are Female, SNAP Says, The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, October 14, 2013
“Insufficient Evidence of Abuse”,SNAP, October 14, 2013
Twin Cities Woman Sues Priest, Alleges Improper Contact and Gifts, Star Tribune, October 14, 2013
With Suit Pending, University of St. Thomas Priest Goes on Leave, By Tony Kennedy, The Star Tribune, October 14, 2013
Report Details Allegations against Priest, Professor, WCCO, October 15, 2013
Mn - Another Twin Cities Priest Tries to Handle Abuse In-House, The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, October 16, 2013
US Woman Abused by University Priest, The Press TV IRAN, October 17, 2013
Minneapolis Priest Sent Teenage Girl He's Accused of Sexually Abusing 19 "Seductive" Emails Confessing His Love for Her, By Helen Pow, Daily Mail, October 17, 2013
UST Community Turns to Prayer after Sex Abuse Scandal, By Beth McDonough, KAAL, October 17, 2013
The Other High Ranking Twin Cities Archdiocesan Woman, By Barbara Dorris, SNAP, October 17, 2013
Lawyer for Accused St. Paul Priest Says Sex Abuse Claims Are False, By David Chanen, Star Tribune, October 17, 2013
Priest Sent E-mails Expressing Love to Girl Who Says He Abused Her, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, October 17, 2013 Minn. Priest Documents Show Restrictions on University of St. Thomas Priest Were Ignored, By Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, October 18, 2013
Catholic College May Have Ignored Recommended Restrictions, SNAP, October 18, 2013
Catholic Official Who Investigated Priest Quits St. Thomas Board, By Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, October 18, 2013
Attorney for U of St. Thomas Priest Calls Allegations in Lawsuit "False and Defamatory", By Cassie Hart, KSTP, October 19, 2013
Priest Remained in Ministry Despite Awareness of Allegations, By Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, October 18, 2013
Flynn Leaves St. Thomas Board Amid Questions about Priest Abuse Investigations, By Kelly Smith, The Star Tribune, October 20, 2013
Fallout at U. of St. Thomas on Sex-abuse Allegations Elsewhere, Inside Higher Ed, October 21, 2013
Catholic Students Torn over Allegations, By Alexi Gusso, The Minnesota Daily, October 22, 2013
Revered for His Work with the Poor, McDonough Now Entangled in Abuse Cases, By Baird Helgeson, The Star Tribune, October 27, 2013
Jane Doe Shares Video Describing Alleged Clergy Abuse, By Esme Murphy, WCCO, October 31, 2013

 

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 3, 2013


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