Catholic dioceses in Texas to release names of clergy “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors

By Emma Platoff

In an effort to restore public trust, all of Texas’ Catholic dioceses will release the names of clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors, stemming back at least to 1950, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops announced Wednesday.

That list, set for release in January 2019, is an important measure of “accountability and transparency,” Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, archdiocese of San Antonio, said in an interview.

“Even though it will be painful, we believe that to bring this awareness will give [survivors] hope,” he said. “We hope that if some victims have not come forward, they will come forward. … And we believe it’s the right thing to do.”

The months between now and January give survivors time to report abuse and give the church the time to vet further accusations. Officials could not say yet how many names the list is expected to include.

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