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Wisconsin abbey names 22 priests accused of sexual abuse

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who had been faced with”credible” allegations of sexually abusing minors.

The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests had been faced with more than one allegation. All but five are dead.

Two of the living have left the abbey and ministry; three others are restricted from the ministry.

Abbot Dane Radecki says the names were released Friday in the spirit of accountability, but gave few details of the allegations.

The abbey serves St. Norbert College and some schools and parishes around De Pere.

The report came six months after the Green Bay Diocese named 46 priests who had credible claims of sexual abuse against them but did not include priests from independent orders.

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