Catholic dioceses in Texas to release names of clergy “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors

Oct 11, 2018

By Emma Platoff

In an effort to restore public trust, all of Texas’ Catholic dioceses will release the names of clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors, stemming back at least to 1950, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops announced Wednesday.

That list, set for release in January 2019, is an important measure of “accountability and transparency,” Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, archdiocese of San Antonio, said in an interview.

“Even though it will be painful, we believe that to bring this awareness will give [survivors] hope,” he said. “We hope that if some victims have not come forward, they will come forward. … And we believe it’s the right thing to do.”

The months between now and January give survivors time to report abuse and give the church the time to vet further accusations. Officials could not say yet how many names the list is expected to include.

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  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45835337

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been criticised for his handling of sexual abuse cases.

    Cardinal Wuerl had offered to resign when he reached 75 in 2015, but the Pope did not take up the resignation.

    Cardinal Wuerl was recently criticised in a report on sexual abuse cases when he was bishop of Pittsburgh and admitted to lapses in judgement.

    The report said he had allowed accused priests to be reassigned or reinstated.

    In August, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report detailing sexual abuse. It named over 300 accused Catholic clergymen.

    The investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by members of six dioceses in the state over 70 years.

    Officials said the probe found systematic cover-ups by the Church of victims that included young boys and girls, as well as teenagers.

    The report criticised Cardinal Wuerl for his role in concealing the abuse.

    In July, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former Washington DC archbishop and a high-profile Catholic leader, resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused children and adults for decades.

    Cardinal Wuerl replaced Cardinal McCarrick as Washington’s archbishop after he retired in 2006.

    These resignations by priests in their 70s or 80s, are not sanctions against the criminally negligent or abusers!
    They are means for miscreants to slip quietly into retirement and out of the public eye, while the church pretends to be addressing the issues!

    @OP – In an effort to restore public trust, all of Texas’ Catholic dioceses will release the names of clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors, stemming back at least to 1950, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops announced Wednesday.

    Releasing the names is a slightly more constructive step, but probably does not deal with the need for proper recognition of canon law as being subservient to civil law, or the issue of criminal confessions being regarded by the RCC as confidential privileged information!

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