Files on former pastor contradict archdiocese's statements about abuse
HASTINGS, Minn. -- Documents released Thursday contradict the Twin Cities archdiocese’s assertion that it had no knowledge about a former Hastings pastor’s abuse of children until the mid-1990s.
Thomas Stitts was an assistant pastor at the Church of Guardian Angels in Hastings from 1966 to 1970. He was alleged to have abused boys at several of the parishes where he worked. Stitts, who died in 1985, admitted to having a sexual relationship with two boys.