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Minnesota church sues another over accused priest

Church of St. Thomas, now maintained as the Oratory of St Thomas the Apostle by the Diocese of New Ulm, Jessenland Township, Sibley County, Minnesota, USA. By Bobak Ha'Eri (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Church of St. Thomas, now maintained as the Oratory of St Thomas the Apostle by the Diocese of New Ulm, Jessenland Township, Sibley County, Minnesota, USA. By Bobak Ha'Eri (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) -- In a rare move, the Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese, alleging it sent a priest to Minnesota without warning about past accusations of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit is against the Diocese of Clogher in Ireland and the Servants of the Paraclete religious order.

The New Ulm Diocese claims it never would have accepted the Rev. Francis Xavier Markey in 1981 if it had been told about his past allegations. Markey is accused of abuse in the New Ulm Diocese.

He died in 2012 while awaiting trial on child rape charges in Ireland.

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