When Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz learned of allegations of sexual misconduct in July 1998, Kalin was "put on restrictions and moved out of the Newman Center." After he was told about "a sexual issue involving Msgr. Kalin and a seminarian," Bishop Bruskewitz ordered that two people were to be with Kalin when assisting him, the investigation said.
In September 1998, a lay person of the Lincoln diocese told a priest that Kalin kissed him inappropriately; the priest subsequently confronted Kalin, who admitted it happened, according to the investigation.
The next month, Bruskewitz issued a canonical warning forbidding Monsignor Kalin from being alone with any man under the age of 40 except for priests, close relatives and medical personnel.
An August 2018 statement from the diocese said it had "addressed these allegations of misconduct directly with Msgr. Kalin during his time in priestly ministry."
Mitchell wrote that Kalin would regularly ask seminarians to help him shower, giving the excuse that he was old and needed help, and would then make sexual advances toward them.
He also said Kalin would invite seminarians on trips to Las Vegas and would require them to meet with him late at night at the Newman Center before inviting them to his private quarters for a drink. Those who declined such invitations were subject to inferior treatment, he said.
Mitchell indicated that he avoided showering with Kalin, drinking with him alone late at night, or accompanying him to Las Vegas.
"I experienced profound discrimination as a seminarian and later as a priest because I was a heterosexual in an overwhelmingly homosexual environment where sexually active gay priests protected and promoted each other," Mitchell wrote.
The investigator stated that all interviewees were asked whether they had any information or had observed a homosexual culture at the Newman Center or the Diocese of Lincoln, and all stated that they had never observed such a culture.
Though the investigator was unable to conclude whether Kalin was actively engaged in homosexual activity, "there was sufficient testimonial and anecdotical information learned during the investigation to confirm Msgr. Kalin did seek out and prefer the company of men."
Archbishop Lucas in his letter noted that since the diocese promulgated new safe environment policies in April 2019, it also has convened a "Ministerial Conduct Board" whose job is to evaluate claims of inappropriate priest conduct that do not pertain to allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
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