Friday, August 26, 2011

Cardinal O'Malley publishes list of guilty, accused priests

by John L. Allen, Jr.

On Thursday, O'Malley announced that, after "serious and thoughtful consideration and prayer," he was releasing a list of Boston priests and deacons who have either been found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, or publicly accused of such abuse. The names have been organized into a searchable format, available on the archdiocesan web site. Each entry includes the cleric's current status (suspended, laicized, etc.) and a link to his assignment history. In tandem with the launch, O'Malley issued a detailed seven-page letter explaining the reasoning underlying his decision.

See the full list here: Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child.O'Malley also published a separate list of priests who have been publicly accused but later exonerated, either because the archdiocesan review board found the charge to be unsubstantiated, or because the priest was acquitted in a canonical trial.

While most of the information has already been released by the archdiocese in one form or another, it's never been centrally collected or made user-friendly.

Full story in National Catholic Reporter.

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