Erie diocese set to release priests’ names in big policy shift


March 22, 2018

By Ed Palattella

Bishop Persico to disclose list of accused clergy “within the next several weeks,” the diocese said. Buffalo’s Catholic bishop released names there on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released the names of priests in the diocese accused of sexually abusing minors.

On Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Erie announced that it will release its own list of accused priests over the next several weeks.

Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, an advocacy group for abuse victims, said the timing of Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico’s announcement is not coincidental.

“I’m sure he is releasing those files because of what happened in Buffalo,” said Hoatson, a former priest. “No doubt about it.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.