Group calls on Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be more transparent

Fox 8 News

June 25, 2019

By Bill Sheil

A national organization that represents clergy sex abuse victims is calling on the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland to release records of an exhaustive 2002 grand jury investigation into the priest-pedophile scandal.

“We think the time is now for church officials in Cleveland to lift the cover of secrecy and release these records to the public,” says Zach Hiner, the executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Last Friday, the diocese released the names of 22 more clerics against whom have been made substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse – most of them are now dead – bringing the total number of names released in Cleveland to 51.

In 2002, as the abuse scandal exploded nationwide , FOX 8 did a series of reports focusing on the Cleveland Diocese.

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