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Wieser also argued that requiring the archdiocese to reveal names of all priests accused of child sexual improprieties — who had not been charged or found guilty — would set a precedent for social service organizations, schools and other groups.
Van de North disagreed, saying that there is a difference between other social service groups and the archdiocese, namely that the archdiocese has not historically reported its abuse to police.
During the hearing, Wieser proposed a process for revealing names that would require the archdiocese to first send abuse allegations to law enforcement.
Anderson supported that proposal but said statutes of limitations that prevent charges from being filed against abusers shouldn’t prevent the release of an abuser’s name.
Friday’s hearing came in response to a lawsuit by “John Doe 1” last May, who claimed he was abused by Adamson even after the priest’s sexual misconduct was known to the church.
Adamson, who had worked in the Winona diocese, was transferred to the Twin Cities archdiocese, where he allegedly abused a young man at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park.
The archdiocese said in a statement that it “looks forward to working with the Court and all affected parties to promote the protection of children and the healing of victims as we also address these reasonable concerns.”
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