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Ex-Perham hospital chaplain added to list of those who likely abused minors

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A priest who served in Perham in the late 1960s has been added to a list of clergy in the Diocese of St. Cloud who are likely to have abused minors.

The Rev. Charles Meyer served as chaplain of Memorial Hospital in Perham (1966-70) and pastor of St. Lawrence in Rush Lake (1966-85), according to a news release from the diocese.

Bishop Donald Kettler said that Meyer, a member of the Society of the Precious Blood, was added to the list following notification by the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., that Meyer was added to its list of “extern clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” according to the release.

Meyer was ordained on May 14, 1931, in Ohio, and died in 1997. No reports of abuse against Meyer have been made to the Diocese of St. Cloud, according to the release.

Kettler plans to hold a listening session at St. Lawrence in Rush Lake.

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The full list of “clergy likely to have abused minors” in the diocese can be viewed at http://stcdio.org/list-clergy-likely-abused-minors .

Contact information for victim advocates and county officials to whom abuse can be reported is available at http://stcdio.org/about/safe-environment/how-to-report-abuse .

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