MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has released the files of 24 priests accused of sexual abuse.

The files total thousands of pages and were released Wednesday as part of the settlement, on Oct. 13, of a lawsuit that claimed the archdiocese created a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.

The disclosed files of all 24 priests are available for perusal on attorney Jeff Anderson’s website.

“This release brings more sunshine and disinfectant to a long standing problem,” attorney Jeff Anderson said. “Today’s disclosure was possible because of the courage of Doe 1 and all the survivors who came before him. Because this information has been made public, our children and communities are now safer.”

The Diocese of New Ulm has refused to release documents pertaining to at least six of its clerics who have been credibly abused of sexual abuse.

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