Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Name

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda

Today, we are disclosing the name and assignment history of a man who has a substantiated claim against him of sexually abusing a minor while he was a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. A substantiated claim is one supported by sufficient evidence establishing reasonable grounds to believe that the alleged abuse occurred. Father William F. Hough’s name and assignment history are being disclosed as part of our commitment under the Ramsey County Settlement Agreement, our ongoing relationship with Jeff Anderson and Associates and our pledge to promote healing, awareness and the prevention of abuse. The reported sexual abuse conduct occurred between 1964 and 1966. Father Hough died August 15, 1994. Father Hough’s assignment history may be found here.

I am profoundly saddened by the effect clergy sexual abuse continues to have on victims/survivors, their families and the community and strongly encourage anyone who has been abused to contact the police immediately.

You may find clergy disclosure information linked on the archdiocesan website and at SafeCatholicSPM.org. We will also publish this disclosure information in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. In addition, we have alerted pastors at parishes where Father Hough had been assigned.