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The diocese did ask Pope Benedict XVI to laicize, or formally remove from the clergy, the nine priests it had suspended because of abuse allegations. In Minnesota: Statute of limitations lifted Minnesota Catholic dioceses are wrestling with new accusations of priest abuse after a 2013 state law temporarily lifted the statute of limitations to file civil actions.Under the law, victims age 24 and under as of 2013 have unlimited time to sue.As many as 100 people may have been abused by Gauthe, according to bishopaccountability.org, a watchdog website.The Catholic Church’s response today to accusations of sex abuse involving clergy members is much different than it was in the latter half of the 20th century, when priests might merely be reassigned to different parishes, evidence shows.Two victims in Buffalo made their abuse allegations public in 2015, saying they were dissatisfied with how Bishop Richard Malone handled their cases.Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham testified in a 2011 deposition that the victims of child-molesting priests are partly to blame for their own abuse.The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minnesota disclosed a list of 71 priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors, archdiocese spokesman Tom Halden says.
It gave accusers two years in which to file civil suits that otherwise would be barred by statutes of limitation.
In the O'Brien case, an Arizona man sued, claiming repressed memories resurfaced two years ago, according to court documents.
The lawsuit accuses O'Brien, now 81, of sexual abuse from 1977 through 1982.
Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the archdiocese, has called the 2016 compensation program "a sincere effort to try and help people achieve some measure of healing from what was done to them.”The Diocese of Rochester published a list in 2012 of 23 priests accused of abuse and said all had been removed from public ministry.
Bishop Matthew Clark, who has since left, had promised to update the list as new allegations of abuse arose and disclose the fates of four priests whose cases were still in progress. Doug Mandelaro, a spokesman for the Rochester Diocese, said no allegations have been made since 2012.