The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is expected to make public
Thursday a list of priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse since
The list, which should join similar lists set
to be released by dioceses across Texas on Thursday, will disclose
which priests have faced allegations deemed credible by archdiocese
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The lists follow a sweeping grand jury report
released in Pennsylvania in August that found more than 300 Catholic
priests sexually abused at least 1,000 children over seven decades while
being protected by church leaders. It is believed to be the largest
investigation into priest sexual abuse ever in the United States.
More than 70 dioceses nationwide announced
similar plans to compile lists of pedophile priests, including the 15
Catholic dioceses in Texas. And it comes amid a criminal investigation
of former Conroe priest Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who has been charged with
abusing two youths.
The archdiocese officials have not said how
their list would be compiled, whose names it would contain or how they
defined “credibly accused.”
The state’s bishops — among them San Antonio,
Austin, Amarillo, Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El
Paso, Fort Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Tyler and Victoria —
agreed to independently release their lists by Thursday.
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Dioceses in other states that have done the
same have included the assignment history of priests, the number of
victims and records detailing their transfers from parish to parish.
In 2005, the Diocese of Fort Worth was first
in the state to publish a list of accused clergy members. It contained
the names of the priests, when and where they were ordained and which
parishes they were assigned to.
Former Bishop Joseph Fiorenza disclosed in
2004 that 22 priests and four deacons within the Galveston-Houston
religious jurisdiction had faced sexual abuse allegations.
The complaints resulted in $3.6 million worth
of settlements, counseling and legal fees, according to The Texas
Catholic Herald, which published Fiorenza’s tally. The data was
collected for a John Jay College of Criminal Justice study, which did
not identify the priests.
The Houston Chronicle has identified up to 20
priests accused of sexual misconduct through court records, victim
testimony and news reports.
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