|Assignment Record – Rev. Michael G. Kolar
Summary of Case: Kolar was accused of sexually abusing at least three young women while he was director of the St. Paul Youth Center in St. Paul in the 1970s and 1980s. One of his victims was 15 years-old when he started grooming her. Kolar admitted to having a problem with vulnerable young women, and that he was a sexual abuser. Kolar was sent to South America to do mission work in 1990. He was removed from ministry in 1991 and laicized in 1993.
Incardinated: St. Paul-Minneapolis
St. Paul-Minneapolis archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975)
|1971||St. Raphael's||Crystal City||MN||3/3||
St. Raphael's had a school with 685-657 students.
In the 1971 Directory Kolar is indexed as as at St. Raphael's, but is not listed there in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocesan pages.
Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995)
|1988||Catholic Youth Center||
• A woman filed suit in 1990 accusing Kolar of initiating unwanted sexual contact with her in 1984 during a religious retreat. She was receiving counseling from Kolar. Kolar denied the allegation. Archdiocesan officials learned of this allegation in 1986, said they took remedial remedies, but allowed Kolar to stay at the youth center.
• Kolar was accused in a 1990 lawsuit of having sexually abused a young woman in 1973. The woman was staying at the youth center while receiving psychiatric care for depression. Kolar admitted to the allegation, but said the sexual contact was consensual. The allegation was reported to the archdiocese in 1988, and Kolar was removed from his post at the youth center.
• A third woman sued in 1991, accusing Kolar of sexually abusing her over an 11 year period, beginning in 1972 when she was a 15 year-old high school student. She met Kolar at the youth center. In a deposition Kolar testified that he learned in treatment that he had a problem with vulnerable young women, and he admitted to being an abuser.
|MN||Assistant Director 1971-1973; Director 1973-1988|
St. Luke' Institute
|Silver Spring||MD||inpatient||Kolar is not indexed in the 1989 Directory, nor is he listed at his previous or next assignments.|
|1989||1990||Special Assignment/Chancery Pro-tem||St. Paul-Minneapolis||MN|
|July 1990||Dec. 1990||Maryknoll Language School||Cochabomba||Bolivia||student|
|1991||On Duty Outside the Archdiocese/Latin American Apostolate||Guyana||Venezuela||missionary||Kolar is not indexed beyond the 1991 Directory. He was removed from ministry in 1991 laicized in 1993 .|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-1991)
• Two Women File Sexual Abuse Lawsuits against Priest, United Press International, May 17, 1990