Youngstown Diocese issues list of priests ‘credibly’ accused of abuse

The Alliance Review

October 30, 2018

Bishop George V. Murry says 31 with roles in church accused; diocese includes churches, Catholic schools in Stark County.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor and reported to police. Since 1943, there have been 31 out of 1,026 priests or religious leaders accused of behaving inappropriately, Murry said during a news conference Tuesday.

“I am very sorry that the Church has failed to act aggressively to eliminate this evil,” Murry said in a statement from the diocese. “I humbly ask forgiveness from the victims and their families for the grave mistakes the Church has made.”

A credible accusation is one against a priest or deacon that, after thorough investigation and review of information, appears more likely true than not in the judgment of the Diocesan Review Board and is accepted as credible by the bishop.

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