News Release: Friday Hearing Regarding Judge’s Order to Release Additional Priests’ Names

Hearing Friday Will Address Archdiocese and Diocese’s Attempt to Change or Clarify Judge’s Order to Release Additional Names of Priests Accused of Abuse

(St. Paul, MN) – On Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11:00 AM Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North will hold a hearing to address his previous order that called for the public release the names of priests with allegations of abuse which became known to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona after 2004.

On December 3 Judge Van de North ordered the Archdiocese and Diocese to release two sets of names. First, they had to release the 46 names that they compiled as of 2004. Next the Archdiocese and Diocese were supposed to release all additional names that they learned about after 2004 by January 6, 2014. The Archdiocese and Diocese both filed letters with the court seeking to change or clarify the release of the additional names. The abuse survivor opposed that change and a hearing was set for tomorrow at 11 AM.