Minn. Priests Concerned about Abuse Probe Seek Anonymity

Updated: 01/23/2014 7:38 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler





The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is scheduled to release another list of accused priests in early February.

Attorney Marshall Tanick says he has been contacted by clergy interested in remaining anonymous.

Tanick says if a lawsuit is started people who have an interest in the case can bring what's known as an intervention action before the court. In other words, a person may anonymously ask the court that their identity be excluded from the record.

Critics say priests interested in doing this may be creating a negative perception among some.

Others argue it's an appropriate tactic innocent priests can use to protect themselves from being wrongly or mistakenly caught up in public disclosures.