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La Crosse Diocese releases names of 25 past priests accused of child sexual abuse

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Twenty-five former priests with ties to the Diocese of La Crosse have been named by the diocese as having ‘substantiated allegations’ of child sexual abuse.

The list made public on Saturday includes clergy members who served in the diocese, along with others who spent time in the diocese.

Among the priests on the list is former Viterbo College president J. Thomas Finucan, who died in 2018.

The list of priests resulted from an audit of all clergy files in the diocese, dating back to its founding in 1868.

Bishop William Callahan has issued a pastoral letter, which is being read at weekend masses throughout the diocese.

In the letter, Callahan says the disclosure is “an important step,” by which the church must “confess to this evil and pledge our prayers and support to all victims and their families.”

The list of priests may be viewed on-line at https://diolc.org/safe-environment/clergy-disclosures/.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.