Updated: 04/02/2014 9:14 PM
Created: 04/02/2014 5:46 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Per court order, the leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis was forced to explain Wednesday what he knew about allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
This is the first time Archbishop John Nienstedt had to legally respond to the claims.
The deposition is part of a lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court. A victim has sued the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, and former priest Tom Adamson, who allegedly abused the victim in the 1970s.
A judge ordered the archdiocese to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents on about 40 priests who have been credibly accused of abusing children from 1970 to today.
Doctor Charles Reid, a law professor at University of St. Thomas, stopped by KSTP to talk about how the latest developments could impact the Catholic Church.