Five days that stood out in a rocky year as Dallas Catholic Diocese sought to rebuild trust

Morning News

Dec. 27, 2019

By David Tarrant and Jennifer Emily

In 2019, the Dallas Catholic Diocese decided it was time to reconcile with its painful past over the sex-abuse scandal that has embroiled the church for decades and left its reputation scarred.

Joined by other Texas Catholic dioceses, it released the names of clergy who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing children since 1950. The hope was that such transparency would restore trust in church leadership among 8.5 million Catholics in 1,320 parishes across the state.

But the release of names did not resolve matters — not by a long shot. From police raids on the Dallas diocese to fresh accusations, the clergy sex abuse crisis showed no signs of abating locally and around the world.

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