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Women take Catholic diocese to court over Willmar priest abuse


ST. PAUL -- Two women who say a Willmar Catholic priest abused them as girls said today they are taking church officials to court to prevent future abuses.

“It was the church that was hiding him,” said Jan Hazen, whose daughter, Kim Schmit, was one of two women who went public with their stories.

“It is a seed that grows and grows...” Schmit said of the problems abuse causes. “Somebody shouldn’t have to go through that.”

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.