An independent news nonprofit on Tuesday launched a nationwide database detailing members of the Catholic clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct.
The interactive database named "Credibly Accused" was made live by ProPublica on Tuesday, with the organization saying it had compiled the information because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had failed to release any centralized collection of clergy abuse on its own.
It has put together the list based upon the individual disclosures made by 178 bishops, archbishops and religious leaders over the years, with ProPublica noting that each diocese and order "sets its own standard for determining the credibility of allegations."
Included in the database are the names of 251 clergy members from Minnesota, of which 104 are from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who have been credibly accused of abuse.
The database lists details of the allegations against the clergy members and whether these claims were credible or substantiated, as well as providing information about their current status, such as having been removed from the ministry or resigned – while many have died.
Among those included is former West. St. Paul priest Robert Thurner, who was accused in a lawsuit in 2018 of sexually abusing a young girl, and had been allowed to stay in the ministry despite admitting to misconduct with two boys in the '60s and '70s.
Here's a look at how many "credibly accused" clergy members are included in the list for each Catholic diocese in Minnesota. Click the links to find the names.
- Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – 104.
- Diocese of St. Cloud – 41.
- Diocese of Duluth – 37.
- Diocese of Crookston – 26.
- Diocese of New Ulm – 25.
- Diocese of Winona-Rochester – 18.
Dioceses in Minnesota have reached multiple settlement agreements in recent years with past abuse victims, with just last year the Diocese of Crookston agreeing $5 million in payments to 15 victims.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis meanwhile agreed a massive $210 million settlement with 450 victims in June 2018.
While the number of clergy members included in the database is staggering, both ProPublica and Houston Chronicle have also reported that it is likely incomplete.
That's not only because 41 dioceses across the U.S. have failed to release lists of their own, but also as those that have may have omitted key details, or left some known abusers off their lists.