By Emily Sullivan
The Catholic archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has released a list of 31 clergymen who have been “credibly accused” of abusing children over a decades-long period — a move that comes just days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl for allegedly covering up sexual abuse in the Church.
The list documents cases dating back as far 1948 and as recently as 1996. Eighteen priests were arrested and 17 of them are now dead. None of those still living are currently active clergymen.
“Where credibility could not be determined,” the archdiocese says, allegations are “treated as credible for purposes of tracking and responding.” It also says that no new allegations of abuse have been reported to them in two decades.
The release of the list comes amid upheaval in the archdiocese.
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