MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An attorney who represents a significant group of people who have filed bankruptcy claims against the Archdiocese Of St. Paul And Minneapolis plans to release files on five priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
Jeff Anderson said the files pertain to priests connected with St. John’s Abbey were obtained as part of the Troy Bramlage settlement earlier in 2015.READ MORE: If Minneapolis Voters Choose To Replace The Police Department, What Happens Next?
Ahead of the Tuesday press conference, Anderson identified the priests as Richard Eckroth, Thomas Gillespie, Francis Hoefgen, Finian McDonald and Bruce Wollmering.READ MORE: 'Our Hearts Are Broken': Twin Cities Pastor Killed By Driver In Rosemount
He is releasing the files in order to encourage survivors of child abuse to come forward before the deadline next May under the Minnesota Child Victims Act.MORE NEWS: St. Paul Registered Sex Offender Indicted for Child Pornography
As reported earlier this year, hundreds of Minnesota parishes and schools have also filed claims in an attempt to protect themselves in the bankruptcy process.