St. Louis archdiocese names 61 clergy accused of sex abuse

The Associated Press

July 26, 2019

By Jim Salter

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis on Friday released the names of 61 clergy facing what it determined to be “substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse of children.

The archdiocese published the names online and said it planned to also put the list in a special edition of its newspaper and distribute it to 150,000 Catholic households. The archdiocese said none of the priests are currently in ministry. The list separately named three additional priests accused of possessing child pornography.

In a letter posted on the archdiocese’s website, Archbishop Robert Carlson wrote that he has witnessed the “devastating impact” sexual abuse has had on the lives of victims and their families.

“It will be painful for all of us to see the names of clergy accused of behavior we can barely allow ourselves to imagine,” Carlson wrote. “But publishing their names is the right thing to do.”

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