|NH Bishop to Consider Listing Some Priest's Names
Associated Press, carried in WCAX
March 30, 2009
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The leader of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire has told the founder of a group that tracks reports of clergy sexual abuse that he'll consider posting names of some accused priests.
The conversation between Bishop John McCormack and Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org happened after a Sunday Mass in Manchester while McCormack was greeting parishioners in the church hall, the New Hampshire Union-Leader reports.
McCormack said he would think about the diocese listing the names of priests who have been defrocked or assigned to prayer and penance, and are no longer active in the ministry.
Last week, BishopAccountability.org called for eliminationg the statute of limitations on sex-abuse cases after files released by the attorney general's office included the names of 26 newly accused clergy members. Most of the alleged abuse took place decades ago.
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