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Winona Diocese names 14 priests accused of abuse

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW/AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona has named 14 priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

The southeastern Minnesota diocese filed the list in Ramsey County District Court on Monday. That's a day before the deadline set by a Ramsey County judge.

Attorneys for abuse victims have long sought such lists by saying it's in the interest of public safety. Earlier this month, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis published the names of 34 priests accused of abuse under the same judicial order.

Of the 14 priests identified by the Diocese of Winona, nine are dead. Of the five still living, the diocese says one has been removed from priesthood. Three are in the process of being removed, and one is on administrative leave pending criminal proceedings in Faribault County.

List of Priests

Thomas P. Adamson - Permanently removed from ministry in 1984; laicized 2009.

Sylvester F. Brown - Deceased 2010.

Joseph C. Cashman - Permanently removed from ministry in 1992; laicization pending in Canonical Tribunal.

Louis G. Cook - Deceased 2004.

William D. Curtis - Deceased 2001.

John R. Feiten - Deceased 2001.

Richard E. Hatch - Deceased 2005.

Ferdinand L. Kaiser - Deceased 1973.

Jack L. Krough - Permanently removed from ministry in 2002; laicization pending in Canonical Tribunal.

Michael J. Kuisle - Deceased 1971.

James W. Lennon -Deceased 2000.

Leland J. Smith - Permanently removed from ministry in 1994; laicization pending in Canonical Tribunal.

Robert H. Taylor - Deceased 2012.

Leo Charles Koppala - Accused of abuse after 2004. Administrative leave pending outcome of criminal proceedings in Faribault County, MN.

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