The Diocese of Winona has released details regarding 14 priests who were “credibly accused” of sexually abuse.
The names of the priests were released previously after a court order required the disclosure. But the diocese, citing a desire to help victims heal and promote transparency, has released more details about the priests, including when church officials first learned of abuse allegations. The released information shows that many priests stayed in the ministry for years after allegations were made and some returned to the ministry after undergoing treatment.
An attorney for abuse victims said that a judge had recently ordered the diocese to turn over files on the priests to victims’ attorneys and that the attorneys planned to release more details on the priests than the diocese had.
“To say they voluntarily did this of their own goodwill, I think, is not an accurate statement given the repeated attempts to keep this very information secret,” said attorney Mike Finnegan.