CORPUS CHRISTI (TX)
Corpus Christi Caller Times
January 31, 2019
By Alexandria Rodriguez
The Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi released the names of priests and other clergy Thursday that have been “credibly” accused of sexual abuse of minors.
The decision to release the information was made in October by The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and the 15 Texas dioceses.
More than 20 Diocese of Corpus Christi clergy members were “credibly” accused of sexual abuse of minors.
The 26 names were released after The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and the 15 Texas dioceses made the decision to release the names back in October 2018.
The list is split in two parts. One is a list of clergy in “religious orders clerics and extern clerics,” meaning those not from the Diocese of Corpus Christi but those who have visited at some point, the list shows. There are a total of nine names on that list.
The other part is a list of clergy “from or incardinated into the Diocese of Corpus Christi.” Seventeen names are included in that portion of the list.
“The process we went through is to hire four independents that are not part of the diocese, professionals in the legal community to come in and let them have the definitions from their experience of what is credible accusations so they used that in reviewing all of these files,” Bishop Michael Mulvey said. “So they really told us what was credible in their minds as a legal community so we took that and used that.”
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