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Under court order, Minnesota archdiocese to release names of accused priests

Catholic World News - December 03, 2013

A Minnesota judge has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis to release the names of 33 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The archdiocese has announced that it will comply with the judge’s order, releasing at least 29 names this week. Archdiocesan officials hope to persuade the judge that 4 names should be withheld: in 3 cases, because the complaints were not substantiated, and in a final case, because the priest apparently never served in the archdiocese.

The names of the accused priests, and their current residences, will be posted on the archdiocesan web site and in the archdiocesan newspaper. All of the priests who will be identified have been removed from ministry, if they are still alive.

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