Winona Bishop John Quinn says his diocese has already implemented some protocols adopted as part of a settlement between the church and a man who claimed he was abused by a former priest.
A judge on Monday approved a settlement that resolves a case against the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The lawsuit alleged church leaders created a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.
Quinn’s statement says the Winona Diocese is “ashamed of the horrific crimes … perpetrated against children.”
Quinn says the diocese is committed to ensuring the safety of kids and has agreed to a series of child protection protocols — most of which have already been adopted.