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Appeals court rejects attempt by St. Paul archdiocese to block archbishop's testimony

March 06, 2014

An appeals court in Minnesota has rejected a bid by the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis to block sworn depositions by Archbishop John Nienstedt and other archdiocesan officials regarding the handling of sex-abuse cases.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld an order by a lower court, allowing the questioning of the archbishop and requiring the archdiocese to release the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse—even if the accusations were found to be without merit.

A spokesman said that the archdiocese was grateful for the “timely” ruling by the appeals court. “We look forward to continuing to work with the courts to resolve the litigation," he said.


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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 06, 2014 6:45 PM ET USA

    The negative PR from the Church continues as the bishops protect the guilty along with the innocent thus making all clergy suspect. Why not release the records on the guilty and use the Church's scarce resources to defend the innocent. That's a defensible position that gives the enemies of the Church with as little as possible to launch attacks. The general public understands protecting the innocent!