Minnesota Church leaders ask court to extend deadline for disclosing names of accused priests
January 14, 2014
Church leaders in Minnesota are asking a court to postpone the deadline for releasing lists of priests accused of sexual abuse, explaining that lawyers need the additional time to challenge the court’s order.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minnesota and the Diocese of Winona have objected to Judge John Van de North’s order that they release the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse, rather than only those who have been “credibly” abused. Archdiocesan lawyers, saying that the court “exceeded its jurisdiction” by demanding the broader disclosure, want more time to prepare arguments.
Lawyers for abuse victims have opposed the bid to extend the deadline, arguing that archdiocesan lawyers have already had ample time to dispute the court’s order. Judge Van de North had already extended his deadline from January 6 to February 5.
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