News Release: Diocese of Duluth to Release Names of Priests Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors
Statement of Attorney Mike Finnegan
(Duluth, MN) – The release of the list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors is a good first step for the Diocese of Duluth.
We applaud the courageous survivors, including Michael DeRoche, for standing up and seeking the release of this list.
While we are encouraged by this first step, for there to be true transparency, the Diocese must also release the secret documents that it has on each priest on the list. These documents will show what the Bishops knew, when they knew it, and what they did in response.
There currently are two pending child sex abuse cases against the Diocese of Duluth, one involving Father John Nicholson and the other involving Father Robert Klein. Both of these cases sought the release of the list.