Consulting firm to begin review of archdiocese clergy files next month


The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis selected a Los Angeles consulting firm to review its priest files, part of an initiative to address mounting allegations of sexual misconduct involving clergy members.

The Associated Press says Kinsale Management Consulting, founded by former top FBI official Kathleen McChesney, will begin combing through the paperwork early next month. McChesney was also the former head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Child and Youth Protection.

Archbishop John Nienstedt called for the review last month as part of his approach to handle the sex abuse scandal.

"Their expertise and leadership in addressing the problem of abuse of minors will ensure that Kinsale's review of our clergy files will be objective and thorough," Nienstedt said, according to Minnesota Public Radio. "With the benefit of this level of review, we will proceed confidently with ongoing disclosure."

Nienstedt said Monday that he intends to release the names of priests in the archdiocese accused of sexually abusing minors, a list that has been kept under wraps for decades.

Critics like David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told the Associated Press that McChesney is another church insider and will be forced to rely on what church leaders choose to divulge.

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