July 31, 2020
By Jennifer Merritt
The Diocese of Covington on Friday released the names of priests, deacons, and other religious and lay employees who have been substantially accused of sexual abuse by a minor. The list, it says, “is the product of a comprehensive and independent review of thousands of diocesan records dating back to 1950.”
In 2018, the National Review Board prompted all dioceses to embark on the process of reviewing such claims – and making them public. Two former FBI agents began the Covington file review in October 2019, the Diocese says.
In a letter, Bishop Roger Foys wrote “there are no words to adequately express the sorrow and shame” he feels in presenting the Diocese of Covington’s list.