Following through on a vow made a month ago, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese released Thursday the names of 30 former priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors.
The religious order tainted by its founder's history of sex abuse reveals allegations of abuse against former novice master and releases actions it has taken to deal with the crisis.
Pope Francis ordered the creation of a commission tasked with advising him on safeguarding children from abuse and working pastorally with abuse victims.
Archbishop John Nienstedt acknowledged a need for transparency, for greater communication and "to be more of a shepherd" than administrator.
Local prosecutors allege the archdiocese "did not nor would ever obtain" themselves Fr. Michael Fugee's removal from the priesthood.
Archbishop John Nienstedt, his predecessors and other archdiocesan leaders have drawn criticism for their handling of allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors in recent decades.
A new review of the work of the group that investigated clerical sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin charges that priests did not get even-handed treatment.
The archdiocese's newly appointed vicar for ministerial standards refuted claims that the lay task force would lack access necessary to review policies regarding sex abuse allegations.
The sexual abuse crisis hopefully will "help us become more humble, less arrogant and bossy in our ministry," Bishop Charles Scicluna told the Canon Law Society of America.
The recent story about Jennifer Haselberger, a former chancellor for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese who finally blew the whistle on long unreported allegations of sexual abuse by priests, calls to mind a similar key role some years ago played by a woman in the Belleville, Ill., diocese.