ST. PAUL, Minn. -The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released a list containing the names of 9 more priests accused of sexually abusing children.
The list, released early Monday afternoon, involves cases of abuse that came to light after 2004. The Archdiocese says all of those named are no longer practicing priests.
You can find the names of those men on the Archdiocese website.
KARE 11 independently verified four of the priests on the list released Monday. Twin Cities attorney Jeff Anderson says he filed lawsuits against Gerald Funcheon, who was removed from ministry in 1993; Thomas Gillespie, who was removed from the ministry in 1996; Michael Kolar, who was removed in 1991; and Francisco Montero, who was removed in 2007.
Another three of the nine are deceased.
A statement released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says those named are involved in cases where allegations of sexual abuse have been found to be substantiated. The Archdiocese maintains that all but one of the nine cases occurred between 25 and 50 years ago.
Here is a list of the 22 communities served by the nine abusive priests whose names were released Monday.
- Lake St Croix Beach
- Lino Lakes
- South St Paul
- St Paul
- St. Cloud
- Union Hill
- White Bear Lake
The Archdiocese says the names and cases released Monday reflect the effort being made by Kinsdale Management Consulting to go through old files and start the healing process with victims.
"The Archbishop's senior staff is dedicating tremendous time and energy to get to the bottom of the allegations that have surfaced in recent months. Kinsale's professional expertise and meticulous approach to the clergy file review contributes to giving us confidence we are doing just that," said Fr. Charles Lachowitzer, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. "The Catholic faithful want to know we are doing everything we can to resolve these matters. I can say truly that we are."
Others are not so sure. A spokesperson for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, better known as SNAP, says response to abuse by priests by the Archdiocese has been irresponsible, slow and misguided.
"It's irresponsible for Twin Cities Catholic officials to do what protects them – suspend these predators, when caught, from local parishes – while doing little or nothing to protect others," said SNAP's Barbara Dorris in a written statement. "We challenge archdiocesan officials to disclose how many child molesting clerics "remain under investigation" and when each of these so-called investigations began. It's been clear for a long time that Catholic officials move extraordinarily slowly when they're confronted with clergy sex abuse reports and eventually only announce a finding of "substantiated" when they're virtually forced to do so."
The announcement Monday from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis follows its earlier disclosure of 30 such priests.
On Tuesday the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will file an appeal requesting that they be required to release only the names of priests they deem as "credibly accused," not just accused with allegations that the Archdiocese feels are not credibly supported.