Bishop Rhoades to collect, release local priests’ list
The Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, said today that in response to the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into sexual misconduct by priests of six dioceses in that state, he will collect and release a list of the names of priests in his current vicariate who committed similar offenses.
During a news conference, Rhoades said the details of the grand jury were “equally appalling and heartbreaking.” He expressed sympathy and support to the victims and their families, adding, “The Church failed you. For that, I apologize.”
Rhoades said he has learned, as a result of the grand jury, that it is also important to victims to see the names of their abusers made public “for all to see. For everyone to know the pain caused by these priests.”
“It is my hope,” he said, “that by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”
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