An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today on St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota and the problems there. Of course, we have been assured by many that there is no connection between sex abuse of boys and girls and homosexuality.
- For decades, a group of monks at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., behind the pine trees that shelter the largest Benedictine monastery in the western world, operated a sex abuse ring. Boys as young as 9 were victimized, as were teenage boys and girls. But most of the victims were novice monks—high school and college graduates who were drawn to the discipline of monastic life, which consists of prayer, study, teaching and living in a religious community of like-minded men. In an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, a former monk recalled that during the 1970s, the novices would enter the dining room, and a group of older monks “would descend like vultures.”