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Three Former Edina Clergy on List of Priests Accused of Sex Abuse

Jerome C. Kern, Thomas Stitts and Richard Jeub all worked as priests at Our Lady of Grace in the 1960s and '70s.

Our Lady of Grace Church. Patch file photo.
Our Lady of Grace Church. Patch file photo.

Three former Edina clergymen are on a list of priests “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the archdiocese (of St. Paul and Minneapolis),” according to the archdiocese’s newspaper.

  • Jerome C. Kern, 72, was at Our Lady of Grace in Edina from 1970 to 1976, first as an associate priest and then as an administrator. He was transferred to Our Lady of Grace after accusations of sexual abuse arose at his church in St. Paul.

    lawsuit filed Nov. 7 accuses him of “sexual battery” of a boy in Edina between 1972 to 1976. Attorneys filing the lawsuit say he abused at least nine other people. 

    Kern was removed from the ministry in 2002 and now lives in Edina.
  • Thomas Stitts was at Our Lady of Grace from 1965 to 1966. After Edina, he worked at five different churches until he died from cancer at the age of 50 in 1985.

    A lawsuit was filed in June by a man who claimed Stitts molested him in the early 1970s when he was at St. Leo’s in St. Paul. According to the lawsuit, Stitts was sexually inappropriate with boys throughout his career and was repeatedly shuffled from parish to parish in a deliberate attempt to conceal his actions.

  • Richard Jeub, 73, was at Our Lady of Grace from 1967 to 1970 and later served as chaplain at Fairview Southdale Hospital from 1978 to 1982.

    Jeub won a lawsuit in the early 2000s against a woman who accused him of sexually abusing her while she was an adolescent at Our Lady of Grace. The woman reportedly turned down a $125,000 settlement offer. 

    He was removed from the ministry in 2002 and currently lives in Crosby, Minn.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis published the list of 34 priests Thursday in the online edition of The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper that serves the archdiocese.

About half of the parishes in the archdiocese—92 out of 188 parishes—had one of the priests on the list there at some point, according to the archdiocese.

The publication was made in response to ongoing lawsuits against priests and the church arising from childhood sexual abuse cases. The archdiocese and Diocese of Winona originally sought to seal the list—which was created in 2004 and included 33 of the 34 priests named today, according to the Star Tribune.

The courts agreed to seal the list in 2009. But Archbishop John Nienstedt reversed course after the church was accused of shielding priests—allegations that gained extra fuel in recent months from a Minnesota Public Radio exposé.

The information being released comes mostly from reported incidents that occurred between the mid-1950s and 1980s, according to The Catholic Spirit.

“All have been permanently removed from ministry or are deceased,” the article said.

The church says it is engaged in a comprehensive review of clergy files and will update the list as it makes additional announcements.


Eric Anondson December 06, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Take your trolling elsewhere. Please.
TS December 06, 2013 at 12:08 PM
So , Simon are you going to comment on the article or just go on a rant about politics and religion. Just to remind you the article is about priests that molest children.The article is not about the teachings of the bible or the kkk or whatever tiff you and Edith seem to have.Be an adult and acknowledge that there is a problem in the Catholic church.
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 06, 2013 at 12:23 PM
TS, it's interesting in your first post, you did not chastise Mike B and Johnny Johnson for making comments that had nothing to do with the article. It's almost as if you're selectively calling people out who disagree with your conceptions of the catholic church. On the topic, though? Guess what, TS, I imagine the Penn State fiasco has demonstrated that any institution would rather cover up scandals, than actually put them out in the open. Institutions covering up scandal is hardly anything new.
TS December 06, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Simon , Mike B. actually did comment on the article on his 1:49 post and that is what i called him out on. I may disagree with him but at least he was willing to comment on the article.You on the other would rather write this off as being a scandal instead of admitting that there are priests that molest children in the Catholic church. And yes the Penn State case is equally as bad.I hope this clarifies my thoughts for you.
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 06, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Ah, yes, referring to NPR as communist when the list of their corporate sponsors takes up 10 pages of their annual report is quite sensible. It's not like it was obvious that Mike B was more enraged by Francis being more vocal about the century long church reservations about capitalism than he was by the molestation scandal.
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 06, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Someone better tell Adam Davidson, and ALLY bank who is the main sponsor of Davidson's program on NPR, that they're working for a communist front!
Kenny Anderson December 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Why are these Pedophiles not being prosecuted, why are they being protected, this makes my blood boil. When the next list comes out, how updated will it be, are these sick individuals still in our children's school and our church's. The lesson here is that this has been going on for years, and nothing has been done about it, so to me the catholic church is as must to blame as the individuals who are committing these acts...
David F December 07, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Pope Francis has is also been warned by Italian law enforcement that his life may be at risk for suggesting the Catholic Church in Italy cut its ties with the Italian Mafia. The Pope is realizing the church needs to be more pragmatic yet still holding true to social values. Maybe at some point the church will allow priests to marry. St John's Abbey already has openly gay priests so marriage could be next that might alleviate future pedophile issues.
Tim December 07, 2013 at 11:29 AM
NPR is funded by billionaire George Soros, a self admitted collectivist and atheist
Mike B. December 07, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Fortunately, I think the Catholic Church now has put in place more stringent policies so that homosexuals/pedophiles are not allowed into the seminary.
Mike B. December 07, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Tim is correct about Soros and the taxpayer-funded NPR. It's about time all federal funding was eliminated for Public Broadcasting. I would like Bill Moyers to go away.
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 07, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Mike B is a retarded piece of trailer park trash that doesn't realize NPR's list of corporate sponsors takes up multiple pages of their annual report. What should we expect, though, from an American "Christian" who is so filled with blasphemy and heresy that he always puts his right wing, anti-Christian extremist ideology before the callings of the Gospels? Remember what Jesus said, Mike, and what you heretics always run away from-it is impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Tim December 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Says the man (Simon)!who covets others riches and mis quotes the bible. Well done!
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 10, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I didn't misquote the bible, Tim. You may wish to twist the very clear condemnations of wealth by Jesus, and his very clear statements that it's impossible for rich people to go to heaven, because they contradict your conservative American ideology, but that's because you're a phony Christian who will always worship the American flag before the Gospel. By all means, explain the meaning of those verses if they are not intended to clearly say all rich people go to hell. As for the command to not covet riches, I don't covet anyones riches, I'm retired sometime ago from my career in finance. Since you seem to think the 10 commandments are more important than the words of Jesus Christ, there's a religion for you, called Judaism. Let's keep talking scripture though Tim, I enjoy smacking around blasphemous phony Christians like you who hate Jesus Christ.
The Truth December 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Wow Simon, you are truly bigoted against the Catholic faith. If any commenters on this thread would like to know the truth (yeah I know) about Mr. Simon Buckingham feel free to log onto the Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch (Pennsylvania). This is a PSA. Thank you and God Bless...
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Truth is a racist Irish American who goes around the PA patches stating nasty things about blacks and hispanics. To demonstrate how much of a whiner he would become when his own racist standards are applied on his own kind, I preceded to take a bunch of his statements on blacks and latinos, where he says he's not gonna be "politically correct" and "speak the truth" because "facts aren't racist", and state them about the Irish (for example, the secetarian violence of IReland, and the clear terrorist bent all Irish independence movements have subscribed to). Suddenly Mr "Facts Aren't Racist, I'm Not PC" is up in arms and whining about how utterly bigoted I am towards Irish Catholics, and demanding I be politically correct when referring to his own ethnic make up. As a result of how upset he's become when his own racist words are used against him, he's stalking me around. Quite flattering, I must say, to have a guy who's always talking about how we're too politically correct start whining about facts being racist!
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM
No Simon, you're just anti-Catholic, we all know you are a hater. Everybody please feel free to look at Simon's profile and peruse one, a few or any of the 700+ ridiculous comment's he's made not just about Catholics, but comments supporting the creation of a socialist society he's made over the last few months. He is a crazy old man who needs to talk to his DR. about switching medications...
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM
So that explains why I've been given great consideration to converting to Catholocism over the past few months, because I hate them. Again, the fact that you can't see the irony in how butt hurt you, someone who rails agaisnt political correctness, are acting because I'm not politically correct talking about Irish terrorists is a testament to your own idiocy.
TS December 11, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Everybody needs to stop engaging Simon in conversation,he is clearly unstable.He is the main reason this dialogue has gotten so far off topic.Once again it is not about political correctness or Irish terrorists or the bible.It is about adults that hurt children in the worst way.Stay on point and stop the Catholic church from allowing these monsters to be alone with and around children.Everyone of these priests should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.Not just simply be able to retire so they can continue abusing children.
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
TS, again, the fact that you don't call out people talking about how nebulous Jewish bankers, er, I'm sorry, George Soros controls the media, or that NPR is a communist front financed by four pages of corporate sponsors, as unstable and offtopic just demonstrates how much of an idiot you are. Sorry to ruin your brilliant, right wing extremist discussion with simple things called 'facts'.
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Simon, am I TS as well?
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
TS just keep f'n with him, its fun...
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The Truth, TS has registered more recently in the past 24 hours, and he has posts about things other than me. Your aliases don't. Nice try though!
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Who's f'in with me? TS is just another in the long line of white trash retards who thinks claiming nebulous Jewish bankers...oh, I'm sorry, I meant the current anti-semetic dog whistle, George Soros...control the media is "reasonable" and "on topic".
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I thought you told me you are a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Simon? Is this some lame attempt to try to confuse me or something? Or are you starting to confuse yourself?
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I am a protestant. Note I said I'm considering converting to Catholicism. I didn't say I have converted.
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
But what will you do when you go to church and find yourself surrounded by all those "dirty white-trash Irish"? Haha you are so full of $**t Simon and theirs NO WAY IN HELL that I take that statement of wanting to convert seriously...
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I'll greet them with a smile. As I've said repeatedly and you seem incapable of taking the hint, I'm only rephrasing statements you made about black people, and making them about the Irish. It's funny watching you turn into the Irish Al Sharpton and get into such a tiff when your own racist standards are applied at your own people.
The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Haha so full of $**t!
Simon Buckingham Is Not The Truth December 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I'm so sorry that your own statements about black people directed at the Irish offend you so deeply! Maybe this should make you think twice about how much of "the truth" you tell, since apparently you don't like "the truth" coming out about the Irish terrorists!

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