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Winona Archdiocese Releases Names of 14 ‘Credibly Accused’ Pedophile Priests

December 16, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment, Religion with 0 Comments
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona (Wikipedia)

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona (Wikipedia)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winona, Minnesota has released the names of 14 priests suspected of raping or sexually abusing children.

CBS Minnesota reports the archdiocese filed the list in the Ramsey County District Court on Monday, a little more than a week after John Van de North ordered it and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release the names of 46 suspected pedophile priests by December 17. The larger archdiocese named 34 accused clergy sex abusers earlier this month. Archbishop John Nienstedt also apologized for the “insufferable harm” suffered by victims of the abuse.

Of the 14 priests named by the Winona archdiocese, nine are now dead. Of the five who are still alive, only one has been removed from the priesthood. Three priests are in the process of being ousted and one is on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal case.

They are:

Thomas P. Adamson- removed from ministry in 1984; laicized in 2009.

Sylvester F. Brown- died 2010.

Joseph C. Cashman- removed from ministry in 1992; laicization pending.

Louis G. Cook- died 2004.

William D. Curtis- died 2001.

John R. Feiten- died 2001

Richard E. Hatch- died 2005.

Ferdinand L. Kaiser- died 1973.

Leo Charles Koppala- administrative leave pending outcome of criminal case.

Jack L. Krough- removed from ministry in 2002; laicization pending.

Michael J. Kuisle- died in 1971.

James W. Lennon- died in 2000.

Leland J. Smith- removed from ministry in 1994; laicization pending.

Robert H. Taylor- died 2012.

KAAL released an additional list of when the accused priests were ordained and where they worked.

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