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Diocese of WInona addresses payment of defrocked priest

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- The Diocese of Winona has come out to address why it continues to pay a former priest after he affirmed sexually abusing children.

The diocese says the reason it's still paying a monthly pension to a defrocked pedophile priest is because it's legally obligated to do so.  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.

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.

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