ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has promised more transparency and on Sunday leadership showed they meant what they have said.
The office of Archbishop John Nienstedt proactively released two names of church leaders connected to allegations of abuse.
"I don't think this would've happened a year or two ago," said Dr. Charles Reid, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas.
He said he's pleased by what he calls "some" progress.
"All we've seen from the Archdiocese up to this point is a defensive, reactive approach. We're now seeing a hopeful first step towards being proactive, towards being transparent. This is a very good first step," Reid said.
The Archdiocese placed restrictions on Rev. Joseph Gallatin from the Church of St. Peter in Mendota and Deacon Joseph Damiani of Annunciation Church in Minneapolis.
Cases of alleged abuse have also been re-opened by the church's clergy review board. The names aren't altogether new, neither are the allegations, but the fact the board has decided to monitor them, ban them from various ministries and re-open cases proves they are sticking to their promises.
"This is really a cautious first step," Reid said. "It's a step towards transparency. What we want going forward is total transparency. If accusations are made, if they're credible, we want the Archdiocese to take prompt action … We want to make sure victims are shielded and protected."
There is not enough to criminally charge these two men, but the Archdiocese has placed restrictions on their ministry and will continue to monitor them.
Meanwhile, SNAP, the group that advocates for victims of abuse said in a statement, "We feel that this action should have been taken many, many times in the past, and it simply hasn't been done."