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Scranton Diocese Won’t Release Names Of Accused Clergy Ahead Of Grand Jury Report

August 1, 2018

The Diocese of Scranton does not plan to disclose the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing children within the diocese prior to the release of a statewide grand jury report later this month, diocese officials said Wednesday.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will release the full list of “credibly accused individuals” upon public release of the grand jury report, a statement released by spokesman William Genello said.

A redacted version of the report, which will outline the findings of a two-year investigation into child sexual abuse claims dating back decades in Scranton and five other Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, is expected to be made public no later than Aug. 14.

“More than listing the accused individuals, the grand jury report will include a detailed overview of the cases involving clergy who served in any of the six dioceses, including the Diocese of Scranton,” the statement said.

The Diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday became the second of the six dioceses to make public the names of clergy accused of abuse in advance of the grand jury report’s release. Bishop Ronald Gainer released the names of 71 individuals, including 37 priests, who have been the subject of allegations since the 1940s.

In April, the Diocese of Erie published a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people who it said faced credible accusations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.

In its statement, the Diocese of Scranton indicated the list of individuals Bambera will release was previously provided to the attorney general’s office for the grand jury investigation and to the district attorneys for the 11 counties in which the diocese operates.

The diocese noted it has disclosed the names of all credibly accused individuals to authorities, the public and the press since 2010.

The Diocese of Allentown said Wednesday it also plans to release a list of credibly accused priests on the day the grand jury findings are made public, The Morning Call reported.

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