March 25, 2018
By the Editorial Board
The Catholic Diocese of Erie announced on Wednesday that in the coming weeks it will release the names of priests in the diocese who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.
That has taken too long. But it’s a welcome step in the right direction nevertheless.
The Erie diocese made the announcement a day after the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released the names of the accused there. That diocese identified 42 accused priests, 24 of whom are dead.
When Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico releases the list, the 13-county, 202,000-member Erie diocese will join a relatively small minority of U.S. dioceses that have taken that step. The diocese said it declared its intention to do so in the face of questions about the Buffalo diocese’s actions.
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