A sexual abuse survivor and his attorneys plan to announce Thursday a civil lawsuit against the St. Cloud diocese seeking a list of priests credibly accused of abuse.
and his attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant will hold a press
conference at 1 p.m. Thursday at the law office of Bradshaw &
Bryant, Waite Park.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday afternoon in Stearns
County District Court.
of Sartell will discuss the abuse he said occurred in the mid-1960s by
the Rev. James A. Thoennes, according to a statement from Anderson’s
was named in a 2009 lawsuit. That lawsuit accused the diocese of failing
to alert parishioners that Thoennes was accused of abuse. He instead
was moved from parish to parish, it said.
statement from Anderson’s office says the diocese admitted in 2003
there were 26 priests who had been accused of sexually abusing children,
but no names have been released.
list was compiled by Bishop John Kinney.
The United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops created a charter to protect children, and created
the lists in an effort to be more transparent.
The conference did not
require the release of the names.
statement says the lawsuit will contend the diocese must release the
names because the conduct harmed those who were abused and endangers the
public where the accused priests live and work.
of names were released in December by the Minneapolis-St. Paul
archdiocese, Winona and Duluth dioceses, and by St. John’s Abbey.