Statement Regarding David Haas

STATEMENT REGARDING DAVID HAAS

In light of published reports that David Haas was employed by The Saint Paul Seminary, the seminary undertook a review of archival records to determine Haas’ involvement with the seminary and whether the seminary had information about allegations against Haas.

Seminary records indicate that Haas provided limited music-related services as a “composer in residence” at the seminary from mid-1985 through mid-1988. Haas was not a formal employee of the seminary and did not receive a salary; his work largely entailed composing and performing music for seminary liturgies for up to 10 hours a week in exchange for office space and meals. The arrangement allowed Haas to engage in other professional activities on his own time apart from his service to the seminary.

In October 1987, then Rector/Vice President Rev. Charles Froehle was notified of an allegation that Haas sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman following a music workshop in another diocese that was unrelated to Haas’ service to the seminary.

Documents indicate Fr. Froehle took the allegations seriously and was concerned for the woman. He notified the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis about the allegation and met with the woman and her parents. He was told the woman was receiving counseling and he encouraged the continuation of counseling support. He confronted Haas, who shared an account of the incident that differed from the woman’s account. According to the documents, Haas admitted the imprudence of his actions, but he did not admit the full extent of the allegations. Fr. Froehle arranged for counseling for Haas and ensured that the counselor was aware of the full allegations. Fr. Froehle continued to monitor the situation, including follow-up with Haas’ counselor and regular meetings with Haas. Fr. Froehle updated the woman’s parents and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis about the steps taken. Haas’ “composer in residence” arrangement ended in mid-1988.

Along with other institutions in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the seminary does not perform or otherwise use Haas’ music.

We grieve at knowing now that many women have been affected by Haas’ actions over many years. We pray for healing for all those affected.


October 30, 2020

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