Providence Diocese to publish names of priests ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse


December 21, 2018

By Tim White

The leader of the Catholic church in Rhode Island announced Friday that they will publicly name all priests who have been “credibly accused” of sexual assault.

Bishop Thomas Tobin said the church has “started the process of putting the list together of those who have been credibly accused both living and deceased.”

“I think my expectation that after the first of the year, sometime after the new year, we will be publicizing that list as many other dioceses have done,” Tobin said during a taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers. “I think about half the dioceses in the country have released that list.”

Tobin said he didn’t think any of the names on the list would surprise the public because most of the names have been publicized already in news reports or when a priest is removed from service.

“In my 13 years here I have publicly removed from office five priests who were credibly accused,” he said.

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