Church To Identify Sex Offenders 12 Nov 13

The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis will soon begin to release some of the names of clergy members identified as sex offenders. Archbishop John Nienstedt made the promise Monday after fighting to keep the list from going public for nearly a decade. Nienstedt reportedly admits that one of the names will be Reverend Clarence Vavra, and says he was kept in active ministry for nearly ten years after he admitted that he sexually abused young boys. The first names to be released will be of priests who are still alive and currently live in the Archdiocese. An attorney for victims of sexual abuse by priests says that Nienstedt’s plan isn’t enough, and that the names of all 33 priests the Archdiocese deemed were credibly accused of sexual misconduct should be released.