Archdiocese releases names of accused priests

Scores of accused pedophile priests have been named by the Archdiocese of Boston, which launched a web site today that discloses the identities of the clergy.

“My deepest hope and prayer is that the efforts I am announcing today will provide some additional comfort and healing for those who have suffered from sexual abuse by clergy and will continue to strengthen our efforts to protect God’s children,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in a statement.

The publication announced today represents the first time that names of accused clerics have been compiled by the Archdiocese in a central location and a readily accessible format, including the names of accused clergy in various categories, according to a statement from the Archdiocese.

The identifications are divided in to categories that include: the names of clergy who have been found guilty either by the church or law enforcement of sexually abusing a child, the names of clergy who have requested to be voluntarily separated from the clerical state after having been accused, the names of clergy who are still being investigated and have been publicly accused, and former and deceased clergy who have been publicly accused.

A list of names of clergy who have been publicly accused but the allegations have been unsubstantiated after review was also published.

To view the list visit www.bostoncatholic.org.


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