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California diocese delays releasing names of accused priests

November 23, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California diocese that had pledged to release the names of priests credibly accused of sex abuse says it needs more time.

The Diocese of Oakland announced in early October that it would publish names within 45 days, but now says publication won’t be until after Jan. 1, 2019 for two reasons.

The diocese says it has decided to contact survivors in advance of a public announcement and that it needs more time to verify information on priests from other orders and dioceses who served in Oakland.

A law firm suing California bishops has compiled a report of clergy in the San Francisco Bay Area it says are accused of misconduct. Attorney Jeff Anderson says the report lists nearly 100 accused in the Diocese of Oakland.

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