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Minnesota abuse victim compiles report on accused priests

By Kevin Duchschere - Star Tribune
March 24, 2004

Trembling to the Reckoning

Sexual Misconduct by Catholic Religious
The View from Minnesota

Report to come . . .

A woman who was sexually abused by two priests in the Twin Cities Tuesday released a report listing the names of all Minnesota priests charged with sexual abuse in the last 30 years, along with the parishes they served and their criminal history.

Belinda Martinez, a founder of the Twin Cities chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said that the work took her seven months to complete and is based on newspaper accounts. Unlike reports already issued by Catholic bishops, she said, this one includes names and places that can be easily checked by victims "to help them heal."

Dennis McGrath, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said that the report contains names of some priests who are dead and against whom false accusations were made. People who want information on charges against a particular priest may contact their diocesan office or, in the Twin Cities, the archdiocese's independent victims' consultant, he said.


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests