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Archdiocese moves to block testimony in clergy abuse cases

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has moved to block this week’s court order that Archbishop John Nienstedt testify about the church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse cases and release the names of all local priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004.

In a request filed late Thursday in Ramsey County District Court, lawyers for Nienstedt said Judge John Van de North exceeded his authority by ordering the expanded list of abusive priests and compelling Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough to submit to questioning from attorneys of abuse victims. The archdiocese asked for the demands to be dropped while it proceeds with an appeal.

“The legal basis for the broad discovery permitted and the disclosures ordered by the court are highly questionable,” the archdiocese said in its five-page court filing.

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