A judge has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to allow attorneys for an alleged clergy abuse victim to depose Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough.
Ramsey County Judge John Van de North on Tuesday ordered the depositions to take place within 30 days.
Van de North also ordered the archdiocese to create a list of all priests accused of sexually abusing minors since 2004. The list must be prepared by Feb. 18.
The Star Tribune reports the judge said the plaintiff's attorneys could begin reviewing internal church documents related to clergy abuse.
A man who claims he was sexually abused by former priest Thomas Adamson nearly 40 years ago brought the lawsuit. Adamson was a priest in the Winona Diocese which the suit also alleges put children and others at risk by failing to disclose information about priests who had been accused of abuse.
In a statement, the archdiocese says it looks forward to working with the court.