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2 more accused priests identified by Diocese of Winona


The Catholic Diocese of Winona has released the names of two more priests suspected of child abuse.

The two priests named by the Winona Diocese are Fathers Harold Mountain and Thomas Duane, both deceased, according to a release.

The statement indicates that Mountain was ordained in the 1942 and died in 2006, long after he'd retired. Duane became a priest in 1938 and died in 1993. Neither were ever confronted with the allegations while alive.

It's the latest disclosure under a recent legal settlement between victims of clergy abuse and some of Minnesota's most prominent Catholic churches. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is also bound by that agreement, which stipulates that the churches release the names of any priests credibly accused of abuse.

According to Winona Daily News, the newly disclosed records reveal an accusation against Duane stemming his time at St. Ignatius in Spring Valley, where he served in the 1940s. The alleged victim notified the diocese of the abuse in the early 2000s.

The diocese made clear that the accusations are "not manifestly false or frivolous."

In a statement, Winona Bishop John Quinn reaffirmed the church's commitment to "providing support and healing" to abuse survivors. He also encouraged any other victims to come forward.

Meanwhile, a judge ruled late last month that three people claiming to have been abused by clergy may proceed with their lawsuit against the Diocese of New Ulm, according to Minnesota Lawyer.

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