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The source said the archdiocese absorbed all expenses that weren’t reimbursed during the 2001-08 time period.
Rogness, the Lutheran bishop, said the first time he heard of any ELCA obligation to pay for lobbyists hired by the Minnesota Religious Council was “very recently,” from Bockelman. “We’ve never received a bill,” Rogness said. “None of us have it in our budget.”
Said Accurso: “It looks to me like a communication breakdown.” Accurso said the Minnesota Religious Council was formed 20 years ago when victim advocates won a change in state law that was favorable to litigants. He said the creation of the council has allowed for “all religious faiths, institutions and schools” to be at the table when state legislation that affects them is considered.
Baird Helgeson contributed to this report. Tony Kennedy • 612-673-4213
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