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Report: Church list of alleged abusers too short

Cathedral of St. Paul
Cathedral of St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A broadcast report in the Twin Cities says the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' official list of 33 priests who were ``credibly accused'' of sexual abuse was incomplete. Reporters reviewed other lists compiled by church officials, court records, private settlements, police reports and church documents.

Their investigation found that the archdiocese dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950.

The priests served in nearly every parish of the archdiocese. But the archdiocese says the report ``includes numerous inaccuracies, misrepresentations and omissions.''

It stressed the care it has taken to distinguish between priests who were credibly accused and those who were simply accused. The archdiocese says at least 16 clergy members identified by MPR were the subject of false accusations.