Catholic Diocese's Bold Move: Releasing and Erasing Names - Page 2

71 people accused of child sex abuse in Harrisburg diocese named Wednesday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2018 12:40 PM CDT

  • In a letter accompanying the release of the list, Gainer writes that he made the perhaps "atypical" choice to include the names of people who were posthumously accused, and therefore had no opportunity to defend themselves. "I still felt compelled to release their names in an effort to confirm for those brave survivors who have come forward, and those who still have not, that we have heard their cries and taken them seriously."
  • The York Daily Record reports the list of names is divided into three groups: Those accused while living, while dead, and while in another diocese. The accusations are further grouped by type of allegation, including indecent behavior, inappropriate behavior such as kissing, child pornography, and inappropriate communications. Of the 71, 37 were priests with the diocese; the rest included deacons, seminarians, priests from outside dioceses, and people from other religious communities.
  • WHTM reports the diocesan bishops in place since 1947 who will have their names removed are George Leech, Joseph Daley, William Henry Keeler, Nicholas Dattilo, Kevin Rhoades, and Joseph McFadden.
  • The release of the names comes days after the state Supreme Court said a nearly 900-page grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six dioceses, including Harrisburg, will be released by mid-month. The AP reports Harrisburg is the second diocese to "get ahead" of that report, with the Erie Diocese having released a list of about 50 names in April.
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