WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of Winona says the reason it's still paying a monthly pension to a defrocked pedophile priest is because it's legally obligated to do so, even though he committed "horrific crimes" against children.
Thomas Adamson acknowledged in a legal deposition that he sexually abused 12 teens as he was moved from one parish to another from the 1960s to the mid-1980s. He's been laicized but he continues to receive a monthly pension of about $1,650 from the diocese.
A Winona Daily News report (http://bit.ly/1yxJVCQ ) on Saturday says the diocese is now responding, a week after the revelations were made public by a law firm suing the diocese.
The diocese says Adamson's benefits are required by law, not voluntary. It says the payments shouldn't be viewed as the diocese condoning his behavior.
Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com