Three of the Priests on the List of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Served in St. Cloud
December 5, 2013
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has disclosed the names of 34 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors.The names of the priests were made public Thursday following months of criticism that church leaders mishandled allegations of abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt says he hopes the move will restore trust.
The archdiocese says it has substantiated claims against 30 priests on the list. The remaining four have claims against them that could not be substantiated, but the archdiocese released them after a court order.
The information includes the clerics' names, parishes where they served, and other details. It does not include details of the allegations.
Of the 34 names, three of them, Father Cosmas Dahlheimer, Francis Hoefgen, and Brennan Maiers, have had ties with the St. Cloud Diocese.
Dahlheimer died in 2004, and both Hoefgen and Maiers have been removed from ministry since 2002.
All of the men on the list have been permanently removed from ministry.