St. Paul Archdiocese to name abusive priests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it will release names of priests who have sexually abused children.

In an open letter posted Monday on the archdiocese website, Archbishop John Nienstedt says that during the month of November he will disclose the names, locations and status of abusive priests who are currently living in the archdiocese.

Nienstedt says all of these men have been removed from ministry.

Attorneys for victims of sexual abuse by clergy have repeatedly asked the church to release names of all priests who have been credibly accused. It’s not clear if the new disclosures will go beyond names that are already public through lawsuits or media reports.

Nienstedt says there have been mistakes in the way the archdiocese handled abuse cases.

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