Catholic Diocese's Bold Move: Releasing and Erasing Names

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
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(Newser) – A Pennsylvania bishop made a bold move on Wednesday: He released the names of 71 people who PennLive reports have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children since 1947 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, which covers much of central Pennsylvania. But Bishop Ronald Gainer is also taking some names away. In what PennLive calls "an unprecedented and stunning" announcement, he said all the diocesan bishops who served since that time will have their names wiped from "any place of honor," whether that be as large as a diocesan building or as small as a room. He acknowledged his decision may be a controversial one, but said he "strongly believe[s] that leaders of the diocese must hold themselves to a higher standard and must yield honorary symbols in the interest of healing." More:

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