Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Court Orders Minnesota Dioceses To Release Information On Credibly Accused Priests

A Minnesota state trial court judge yesterday ordered release by the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of the names and information on 33 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He also ordered the Diocese of Winona to release the names and information on 13 other similarly accused priests.  AP reports that the information, including current status and residence for those still alive, must be released by Dec. 17. The Archdiocese says it will release the information on its website on Dec. 5. It added that most of the names that will be released have already been identified by the media, and all that are still alive have been permanently removed from ministry. The names will be those compiled in 2004. The Church has until Jan. 6 to release information of priests accused since that time.