Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fifth abuse suit filed against brother

Fifth abuse suit filed against brother
This time the Roman Catholic brother is accused of attacking an 18-year-old DeLaSalle High School student.


Last update: September 23, 2009 - 11:54 PM

For the fifth time this year -- and the second time in as many weeks -- a sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against a Roman Catholic brother who taught at Twin Cities high schools in the late 1960s and 1970s. But this suit differs from the others in that it involves an alleged attack.

Christian Brother Charles Anthony (Raimond) Rose faces multiple suits for allegedly abusing students at DeLaSalle in Minneapolis and Cretin in St. Paul. The suit announced Wednesday involves another DeLaSalle student.

"This was not his normal pattern," said Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), in announcing the suit. "In the other cases, he provided alcohol or drugs to the victims before the incident. In this case, he attacked at night while the victim was asleep."

The alleged incident took place at Dunrovin Retreat Center in Marine on the St. Croix. The 18-year-old victim, who no longer lives in the area, was on a retreat organized by the school.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is not a defendant in the suit because it has no institutional control over staff at the schools or retreat center. Nonetheless, Schwiderski called on Archbishop John Neinstedt to assume a moral responsibility for protecting others from Rose, who is retired and living in Chicago.

"We're asking the archbishop to force the Christian Brothers to put Raimond Rose in a treatment center and, in the process, take children out of harm's way," he said.

The archbishop doesn't have the authority to intervene, said spokesman Dennis McGrath.

"Rose is not under the jurisdiction of the archbishop, he's under the jurisdiction of the Christian Brothers," McGrath said. "The archdiocese continues to be sympathetic to any abuse victim and encourages anyone who has been abused or knows of another who has been abused to contact the church."

In all of the suits filed against Rose, the Christian Brothers' district office in Illinois has issued a statement condemning abuse as "an affront to our mission and purpose" adding "we do not and will not tolerate" it.

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