Duluth Diocese to release list of ‘credibly accused’ priests

Duluth News Tribune

By: Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune

The Diocese of Duluth announced Monday that it will voluntarily release a list of its priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children, a measure that abuse advocates are hailing as a “step forward” in restoring community trust.

Bishop Paul Sirba plans to reveal the list, believed to contain the names of at least 17 former priests, today during a 10 a.m. news conference.

Verne Wagner, the Northeastern Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, was not yet aware of the diocese’s plans when contacted Monday afternoon by the News Tribune.

“That’s great news,” he said. “I’m very pleased that the bishop made that decision. It’s the right thing for him to do.”

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