Rev. Keating sex scandal: Read creepy emails 44-year-old seminary student sent girl, 14

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In one email, Keating wrote: "You on the other hand are not a typical 15 year old... (I for one am delighted about this), and that's enough to have the pack of clucking ducks start clucking at you."
As we told you about earlier this week, renowned priest and St. Thomas professor Michael Keating is being sued by a woman who claims she was sexually abused by him when she was a teenage girl.

THE BACKSTORY: Rev. Michael Keating, popular St. Thomas prof, allegedly abused 13-year-old girl

Yesterday, the lawyer representing the woman, longtime Catholic sex abuse whistleblower and St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson, published 54 pages' worth of emails Keating sent her while he was studying in Rome in 1999 and 2000. According to the alleged victim, the kiss Keating gave her just before he departed for Europe was her first.

At the time, Keating was in his mid-40s and the girl was 14 or 15 years old.

The well-written emails have a friendly and fatherly tone, but sometimes veer into creepy territory. For instance, in one, Keating writes, "I'm afraid you are going to have to get used to being hounded by boys... You're too pretty and too charming not to be and you'll only get prettier and charmier as the years go by." Another email ends with Keating sending "A kiss and a hug." Many end with him professing his love for the girl.

The emails often intermingle Christian gobbledygook with flirtatiousness.

"OK, my almost fifteen year old young and pretty find," Keating writes in one of them. "Easter is almost upon us, Christ has banished darkness and flood the world, every sorrow has been taken up on that cross and been put to death, and new life springs forth all around us."

You can read all 54 pages' worth of them here.

The alleged victim, now in her late 20s, claims Keating would molest her while reading books to her at her family's house before he took off for Rome.

"I would be abused behind the book, behind Narnia," she told MPR.

She says Keating's abuse resulted in her becoming suicidal while she was in college.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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17 comments
Katherine Schaffer
Katherine Schaffer

If you read the whole article, it clearly ISNT the worst thing he did.

ultraviolenttaste
ultraviolenttaste

The author has no ill-wll, the emails in whole are posted on a different website by someone else entirely. They are just clearly using quotes out of the resources they are found in for the article. Oh and go ahead and avoid the last few lines, @Appeal2reason, how convenient. Delusional religious sheep.

Appeal2Reason
Appeal2Reason

Apart from being a violation of Father Keating's privacy, the posting of these email messages provides clear evidence of only one thing: the ill-will of the article's author. Like most personal correspondence, these messages are somewhat quirky, but "creepy"? Really? Mr. Rupar sees "flirtatiousness" where I see a seminarian who, from the motive of Christian love, did his best to help a hurting teenage girl to see herself as lovable and loved. I could see a teenage girl confusing these two things, but a journalist ought to have more sense. Perhaps it is too much to ask of a reporter who characterizes religious references as "Christian gobbledygook" to be able to distinguish between romantic love and Christian love ("This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:12-13)

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

If he's going to court. He's guilty as hell for bad game! That's about it..... St Peter is massive and impressive. Gross!!

_Joe_
_Joe_

Every day I become more and more convinced that religion is nothing more than cover for sexual misconduct.

Well, that and rubes.

Liám Pádraig Watkins
Liám Pádraig Watkins

It's not illegal to flirt. If kissing her goodbye is the worse thing he did then what grounds is there to go to court? Yeah it's creepy as fuck but come on...

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

As I mentioned Narnia has long been known as a catalyst for unchecked sexual aggression.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

This is what happens when religion is inflexible to societal shifts. Marriage should be promoted, as its ridiculous it is a religious ceremony in many religions but not allowed to those that practice it.  

Many churches have you go to a priest for marital counseling before you can get married in their ministry. Um...that's like getting sex advice from a virgin. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Appeal2Reason Pedophile apologist.  People like you are why the Catholic Church continues to enable pedophiles.  Your evil lies make it easier for scum like Keating to molest children.   

a036618
a036618

@Appeal2Reason She is claiming to have been molested.  Shame on you for suggesting that she wasn't.


lazybones.liza
lazybones.liza

@MicheleBachmann @Appeal2Reason  Did you even read these letters? I found nothing in them except supportiveness, encouragement and understanding. Nothing sexual at all. Ending each letter with love, is a common way to "sign off". Only a perverted mind would be able to misinterpret the kindness of this man. Shame on all of you who are looking for sensationalism, you would be wise to look in your own evil , dark, mirror.

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