MN Church Abuse/More Names Released 12 Feb 15

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney has released the names of 17 clergy members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct with a minor in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

St. Paul lawyer Jeff Anderson said Wednesday the clergy were identified in notice of claims submitted to the archdiocese and its insurance carriers.

On the archdiocese’s website, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens says the archdiocese hopes the posting will encourage those abused by priests to come forward to not only file claims but also for help in healing.

Cozzens notes that in most cases, the alleged conduct in the notice of claims happened decades ago.

Meanwhile, the archdiocese disclosed on its website the names of four men who have substantiated claims against them while they were priests or, in one case, before they became a priest.