Statement on Updated Schedule for Disclosure

As part of the previously stated plan to ensure a comprehensive approach to address the issue of clergy sexual misconduct, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that it is prepared to disclose its initial list of clergy who have substantiated claims of abuse of a minor against them.

In his November 11 Open Letter, which is available on our website at archspm.org, Archbishop Nienstedt announced that the first phase of disclosure would be made by the end of November, pending approval by the appropriate court.  There has been a protective order in place in Ramsey County District Court since 2009 related to the disclosure.

We have just learned that a meeting with a Ramsey County judge has now been scheduled for Monday, December 2.  The need for approval by the court will delay our schedule for disclosure. The Archdiocese is prepared to release information once the judge concurs with our plan.

Sharing information about clergy who have substantiated claims of sexually abusing minors is a critical element of Archbishop Nienstedt’s commitment to strengthening archdiocesan procedures so that victims can begin to heal and to ensure the safety of minors in our care.