By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant, January 22, 2020
Witness: Bishop Michael Olson unstable, ‘possessed’
FORT WORTH, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) – Disturbing details have emerged about Bp. Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, revealing what appears to be a dark side.
Church Militant obtained 1,800 pages of court documents in a defamation lawsuit filed by Fr. Richard Kirkham, a Fort Worth priest, against Olson. In the file is a sworn statement by one Diane Cluley, a 90-year-old woman who has been described as Olson’s “surrogate mother,” who took Olson under her wing when he was a young seminarian.
Testimony of Diane Cluley
According to Cluley, Olson came from a troubled background, with difficult relations with his parents, exhibiting a great deal of insecurity and issues with self-esteem. In her effort to help him, she welcomed Olson into her home, allowing him to form close bonds with her sons. Olson was a frequent dinner guest, staying late into the night and spending a great deal of time with the family.