Hearing Tomorrow in New Ulm Regarding Release of Diocese of New Ulm Priests List

Hearing Monday at 10:00 AM in New Ulm Regarding Release of Secret List of Priests with Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse 

Diocese of New Ulm Denying Survivor’s Request to Make Public its List of Accused Priests; is One of Two MN Dioceses yet to Release List

Hearing on release of Diocese of New Ulm priests list

Monday, January 6, 2014, at 10:00 AM

Before the Honorable Judge Robert A. Docherty
Brown County Courthouse
14 South State Street
New Ulm, MN  56073

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. in a Brown County courtroom, a courageous sexual abuse survivor, along with her attorneys, will request the public release of a secret list possessed and maintained by the Diocese of New Ulm that contains the names of several priests who have credible allegations of sexual abuse. The Diocese of New Ulm and the Diocese of Crookston are the only two Minnesota dioceses that have refused to release the lists.

In a lawsuit filed in 2013 in Brown County, the survivor claims the Diocese of New Ulm was negligent in allowing the now-deceased Father David Roney continued access to children. Father Roney is suspected of abusing several children in Minnesota while he was a priest. The survivor and the survivor’s attorneys are also seeking the public release of the list maintained by the Diocese of New Ulm. Similar efforts have resulted in the release of the lists held by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the Diocese of Winona, the Diocese of Duluth, the Diocese of St. Cloud and St. John’s Abbey.

The original complaint, the motion documents, and additional information on Father David Roney, can be found on our website.