The list: Archdiocese names priests credibly accused of sexual abuse

By Sasha Aslanian, Madeleine Baran, Molly Bloom, Mike Cronin, Meg Martin, Eric Ringham, Tom Scheck and Laura Yuen, Minnesota Public Radio
Dec. 5, 2013
Archdiocesan leaders released the names of priests Thursday who it said have had "substantiated claims" of sexually abusing children leveled against them. Seven of the priests named in today's release were not previously known by the public as abusers. (Photo collage by Regina McCombs/MPR News)

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of 30 priests it believes sexually abused children between 1950 and 2013.

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The archdiocese also released the names of four other priests who had been included on an earlier list, but church officials now say those four should not have been included. A Ramsey County judge ordered the archdiocese Monday to release a list of 33 priests that had been sealed since 2009.

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Seven of the priests named were not previously known to the public as accused abusers. Five of those seven are still living. About one-third of the priests on the list are dead.

The accused priests have served at nearly half — 92, in total — of the 188 parishes in the archdiocese, according to an email sent to priests by vicar general Rev. Charles Lachowitzer, the archbishop's top deputy.

The disclosure comes three days after Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered the archdiocese to release the names of all the priests on a sealed list of clergy with credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them. The 33 names had been disclosed to attorneys in a 2009 clergy sexual abuse lawsuit, but a judge ordered they remain private.

The number of names on the original list — 33 in total — originated in 2004 when the Rev. Kevin McDonough, then second in command at the archdiocese, told researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that 33 priests in the archdiocese were "known to have credible allegations of the abuse of minors." The John Jay group had been commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to study clergy sexual abuse in the United States.

A note about the list

This list of priests who have been "credibly accused" is just that: A list. The document released by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis contains little or no information about crimes, accusations, legal dispositions or settlements. Nor does the archdiocese say what constitutes a "credible accusation." MPR News has done what it could to supplement the list with information from church documents, media reports and the public record.

The archdiocese's list of credibly accused priests

Click on the names below to learn more about each priest.
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  • Rev. Thomas Adamson

    Rev. Thomas Adamson

  • Rev. John Brown

    Rev. John Brown

  • Rev. Cosmas Dahlheimer

    Rev. Cosmas Dahlheimer

  • Rev. Gilbert Desutter

    Rev. Gilbert DeSutter

  • Rev. Gilbert Gustafson

    Rev. Gilbert Gustafson

  • Rev. Louis Heitzer

  • Rev. Rudolph Henrich

    Rev. Rudolph Henrich

  • Rev. Francis Hoefgen

    Rev. Francis Hoefgen

  • Rev. Richard Jeub

    Rev. Richard Jeub

  • Rev. Dennis Kampa

    Rev. Dennis Kampa

  • Rev. Robert Kapoun

    Rev. Robert Kapoun

  • Rev. Jerome Kern

    Rev. Jerome Kern

  • Lee Krautkremer

    Lee Krautkremer

  • Rev. Ronan Charles Liles

  • Rev. Alfred Longley

  • Rev. Brennan Maiers

  • Rev. Timothy McCarthy

  • McGrath

    Rev. John McGrath

  • Palmitessa

    Rev. Paul Palmitessa

  • Pinkosh

    Rev. Joseph Pinkosh

  • Rev. Francis Reynolds

  • Skluzacek

    Rev. Richard Skluzacek

  • Stevens

    Rev. Michael Stevens

  • Stitts

    Rev. Thomas Stitts

  • Thurner

    Rev. Robert Thurner

  • Vavra

    Rev. Clarence Vavra

  • Wajda

    Rev. Joseph Wajda

  • Rev. Raymond Walter

  • Wehmeyer

    Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer

  • Zasacki

    Rev. Robert Zasacki

Clergy included on John Jay list with unsubstantiated claims, according to the archdiocese

  • Corica

    Rev. Eugene Corica

  • Rev. Robert Loftus

  • Ryan

    Rev. Patrick Joseph Ryan

  • Rev. Roger Vaughn