Columbus Diocese Plans To Reveal Names Of Priests Accused Of Abuse

WOSU 89.7 NPR News

September 26, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus says it will release a list naming priests who have been accused of sexual abuse.

“The Diocese of Columbus understands that this is an important step to restore the confidence of our faithful in their Church and its clergy,” the diocese said in a statement provided to WOSU.

Columbus is the third diocese in Ohio to announce such a move, after the diocese of Youngstown and Steubenville. It says the list of names should be available “within the next few months.”

“The Diocese of Columbus has procedures in place specifically designed to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, with zero tolerance for any form of child abuse,” the diocese said. “All credible claims of child sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement and/or children service agencies, and those active clergy against whom such claims have been made are immediately removed from ministry and church property pending a completion of the investigation.”

The Columbus diocese oversees 106 parishes, 219 priests and a Catholic population of almost 300,000.

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