Lawyer: Nienstedt should name all accused priests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for victims of sexual abuse by priests says Archbishop John Nienstedt’s plan to release the names of some accused priests isn’t enough.

Mike Finnegan is one attorney who has been pushing for public release of a list of 33 priests whom the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis deemed were credibly accused of sexual misconduct. He says that whole list should be released.

Nienstedt announced Monday that he will release names of accused priests who currently live in the archdiocese, upon permission from a court. Finnegan says that’s misleading because Nienstedt doesn’t need a court’s permission.

Finnegan says Nienstedt should start protecting children today and release all 33 names. He says every day that goes by without action puts more children at risk.

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