Rockland/Westchester Journal News
April 26, 2019
By Colleen Wilson
One hundred and twenty names of Catholic clergy members accused of child abuse or possession of child pornography was released today by the Archdiocese of New York.
The list includes 53 men who have been deemed by the archdiocese “credibly accused,” another eight are awaiting a final determination from the church, and 58 men on the list had accusations that didn’t meet the “credibly accused” criteria, but their victims were considered eligible for compensation, according to the Archdiocese website.
None are in active ministry. Some were defrocked, and others have died.
The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program was created in 2016 to determine compensation for victims of Catholic priest abuse. More than 350 individuals have been received compensation through the program.
A review board for the program determines those “credibly accused” if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
the allegation is found credible and substantiated;
the accused was laicized or permanently removed from ministry as a result of the allegation;
the accused admitted the allegation; the accused was convicted of a crime in connection with the allegation;
a civil settlement resulted from an allegation prior to the creation of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program
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