Archdiocese Braces Parish Leaders for Disclosure of Accused Clergy

Updated: 12/04/2013 10:30 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 11:24 AM
By: Beth McDonough

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is bracing parish priests and leaders for its disclosure of a clergy list who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The long-awaited and court-ordered revelation will appear at a website created by the Archdiocese and at it's online magazine, The Catholic Spirit.  The devoted and scholars alike are paying attention, "we don't have this unseen presence in the air anymore, we can know it, we can name it and we can see it, " says Charles Reid, a Law Professor at the University of St. Thomas.

The archdiocese list to be revealed Thursday outs 29 priests, their birth year, ordination year, parish assignment, current status, where they lived and if they're dead and the date of their death. 

The church insists all of the men identified have been permanently removed from the ministry or are deceased. It says most of the allegations that led to priests being on the list relate to reported incidents occurring from the mid-1950s to the 1980s.

The ID's of four more priests will reportedly remain sealed because the church contends those claims of sexual abuse are unsubstantiated or they didn't serve in the Archdiocese. 

A spokesman for the church says Thursday's disclosure won't be once and done. It's a gradual, ongoing process of transparency. 

Jeff Anderson, an attorney suing on behalf of sex abuse victims, has lobbied for the release for years, "this marks the beginning of a safer time in this community."

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