For transparency, San Bernardino diocese lists priests credibly accused of sex abuse

For transparency, San Bernardino diocese lists priests credibly accused of sex abuse
Catholic Diocese of Beaumont naming clergy “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors
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The Catholic Diocese of Beaumont and 14 other diocese across Texas are looking to make amends, by releasing the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors during their time in the church.

In 2002, after the Boston Globe revealed the cover-up of sexual abuse by local priests, Vermonts attorney general instructed the Burlington diocese to turn over any files it had about similar matters. In many cases, the church had sat on the accusations for years while the accused were allowed to continue serving as priests. By the time of the investigation, the statute of limitations had expired, and no one was charged with any crimes. The head of the criminal division privately informed the church authorities that the investigation had not “set out to investigate or determine whether” a priest poses a current risk of harm to children” because that would have been “outside our jurisdiction.”

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Bishop Curtis Guillory spoke with KFDM/Fox 4 in a phone interview, and says the church needs to be as transparent as possible.

To restore the communitys trust after horrific crimes, Bishop Christopher Coyne said in a statement, I have decided to form an independent committee of lay men and women to examine clergy personnel files pertinent to any allegation of abuse of minors and to create a list of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor. I will then make this list public. As to the details included with the list, they will be determined in consultation with the committee.

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“This is sinful. Its horrible. Its shameful, and were dealing with it,” says Bishop Guillory. “The victims are very much in our prayers because theyre the ones that suffer.”

Bishop Guillory says the list from the Diocese of Beaumont will go back to 1966, when the diocese was established, and says there have been no recent credible accusations in over 15 years.


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