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Amid building public pressure following new allegations of misconduct involving several priests that had not previously been revealed, however, the archdiocese earlier this month published a list of 32 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors. On Monday, the Diocese of Winona will release at least 13 names of accused priests.
“The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in this local church have rightly been met with shame, embarrassment and outrage that such heinous acts could be perpetrated by men who had taken priestly vows as well as bishops who failed to remove them from ministry,” Nienstedt said in his homily.
Nienstedt also told parishioners that a majority of the allegations against the priests named a week ago happened in the 1970s and 1980s.
“Again, that is not to excuse those actions or diminish the harm done to their victims,” Nienstedt wrote. “But it does indicate that progress is being made in reducing the incidence of such terrible misconduct. There is reason, even now, to be hopeful.”
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