St. Thomas professor possible figure in sex lawsuit, takes leave


It’s a story with few details so far, but a popular University of St. Thomas professor, the Rev. Michael Keating, has taken a leave of absence.

Several hours after the the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made the announcement yesterday, an attorney made his own announcement — that he plans to file a lawsuit in Ramsey County today against Keating, who he says “engaged in sexual contact” with a woman she was a minor.

Keating, 57, is an associate professor of Catholic Studies and manages the St. Thomas’ Rome program, among other things.

You can read the MPR report here.