In an unprecedented effort for transparency, the Diocese of Winona has voluntarily released a summary of details and facts surrounding 13 priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese.
The names were first released last December as part of a civil lawsuit brought against the Diocese of Winona and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis involving former Winona priest Thomas Adamson.
Bishop John Quinn said nine of the priests on the list have died, two of the remaining four, who are alive, have been defrocked and the other two are going through the process.
In releasing the information, Bishop Quinn also issued an apology to those who have been harmed by priests dating back to the 1950s and 60s.
Quinn also said the Diocese is free of priests who have been credibly accused of abusing children.
The Bishop said programs are in place now for the Diocese to deal with sexual abuse complaints and he said all accusations are now reported directly to the police.
The Diocese has taken measures to ensure all of the schools, parishes, and programs administered by the Diocese adhere to policies that make sure children are safe. Since 2002, over 30,000 thorough criminal background checks and screenings have been run on clergy, employees, and volunteers who work with children in the Diocese.