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Clergy abuse reports pose financial concerns

October 23, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New questions about the way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct are posing some financial concern for local parishes — including the potential for new legal expenses and a falloff in donations.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports ( ) that some who track weekly church collections are worried that negative publicity could cause parishioners to give less.

And even before allegations were made public, the archdiocese was concerned that a new law that eases the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse would open the church up to more lawsuits — and more legal expenses.

The church's finances have been under heightened scrutiny in recent years. Former employees tell MPR that church leaders met privately with bankruptcy attorneys last spring.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,



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