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Winona bishop: Diocese committed to kids' safety

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) - -

Winona Bishop John Quinn says his diocese has already implemented some protocols adopted as part of a settlement between the church and a man who claimed he was abused by a former priest.

A judge on Monday approved a settlement that resolves a case against the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The lawsuit alleged church leaders created a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.

Quinn's statement says the Winona Diocese is "ashamed of the horrific crimes ... perpetrated against children."

Quinn says the diocese is committed to ensuring the safety of kids and has agreed to a series of child protection protocols - most of which have already been adopted.

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