Accused priests to be named Thursday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it will release the names of 33 priests, credibly accused of abusing children, this Thursday, December 5.

The statement follows a ruling by a Ramsey County Court early Monday forcing the public release of the list. The same court ruling also requires the Winona Archdiocese to release its list of 13 names.

"Today marks the beginning of a safer time in this community," said attorney Jeff Anderson. Anderson has been fighting for the rights of priest sex abuse victims for years.

The list itself is also years old. Most of the allegations date back from the 1950's to the 1980's. It was compiled by the Bishop's Conference in 2004. Archdiocese around the country were then charged with the task of compiling a list of credibly accused priests in the wake of the Boston Church sex scandal.

The list does not include recent priest allegations or the names of priests from other Archdiocese in the state. The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese says these disclosures are not intended to be final and that more announcements will be made as the review of clergy files continues.

You can read the full press release here.

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