List of ‘credibly accused’ clergy to be released
The Archdiocese of San Antonio, along with 14 other Catholic dioceses in the state and the Houston-based Catholic diocese called the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, have agreed to release the names of clergy “credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor, going back at least to 1950.”
A news release issued today quoting Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, said the decision was made Sept. 30 at a meeting of bishops.
The news arrived without the lists of clergy, saying, “the endeavor to compile a comprehensive list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor represents a major project. All dioceses will publish their lists by Jan. 31, 2019.”
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Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller is scheduled to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today in the archdiocese’s headquarters.
“This is an action in response to the faithful’s call for greater accountability and transparency,” DiNardo said in the news release. “Every bishop in our state has made a statement expressing his concern for all who have been hurt and I want to express my personal sorrow at such fundamental violations of trust that have happened. We are completely committed to eradicating the evil of sexual abuse in the church and promoting healing among the faithful and those injured by this crime.”
“It will take some time for files to be reviewed,” García-Siller said in the news release. “There may be people who come forward with new information following this announcement. My brother bishops in Texas and I agree that transparency in this painful matter of sexual abuse can assist with healing for survivors and transformation for our Church,.”
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