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Statement regarding Father Timothy Backous, OSB

June 11, 2014

Statement of Father James Bissonette, vicar general, Diocese of Duluth:

“We’ve just become aware of the allegations concerning Father Timothy Backous, OSB, a priest of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an incident with a minor that is alleged to have occurred in 1990. To our knowledge, Father Backous has carried out his duties here — assisting at St. Michael’s parish, Duluth, on weekends — in an exemplary manner and consistent with his vows and responsibilities. Nonetheless, we take such matters extremely seriously and have asked Father Backous to suspend his weekend work at the parish until a fuller examination of the facts can be completed.”

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