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Names of Catholic Priests Accused of Sex Abuse to Be Released

All Catholic dioceses in Texas will submit a comprehensive list of clergy members that have been “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors” since 1950, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said on Wednesday.
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Mr. Burns mentioned that dioceses are expected to provide the complete list by the end of January, noting that the list could be updated with more names if further information is revealed.

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The monumental task comes during trying times for the Catholic Church, as it struggles to regain its moral compass amid repeated allegations of both sexual abuse by men of the cloth, and, perhaps worse, the systematic coverup of these deeds.

I truly believe this is the first time an entire state has bound together in order to release names, Burns said.

The bishop said the church wants to "protect our children, create a safe environment, to promote healing for those who've been abused, and to demonstrate that we are focused on facing this issue."

Allegations of clergy abuse have plagued the church for decades, but the volume of the alleged victims’ pleas seems to many Catholics especially loud in the current climate of political correctness.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report in August found that at least 1,000 children were victims of sexual abuse by priests over the past 70 years and that church executives with knowledge of the crimes have either disregarded it or actively conspired to cover up the incidents.

Burns said he owed transparency "to the faithful of the Diocese of Dallas." And more importantly I owe it to those who've been abused and their families, he said.

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Study Finds 1,000 Cases of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Since Mid-20th Century

According to ABC News, a year-long study of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other members of the church in Switzerland published in September 2023 has identified over 1,000 cases since the 1950s [1].

The study, which was commissioned by the Swiss Conference of Bishops, found that nearly all of those accused of wrongdoing were male, and about 75% of cases of sexual abuse involved children under the age of 18.

The report took a deep dive into the allegations of sexual abuse that have plagued the Catholic Church in recent years — devastating the lives of victims and their families, and tarnishing the once-sterling reputation of the church.

The researchers identified at least 1,002 “situations of sexual abuse" in the Swiss Catholic Church, including accusations against 510 people. The abuse affected at least 921 people, the authors said.

The situations identified surely amount to only the tip of the iceberg, said the historians Monika Dommann and Marietta Meier.

Among other findings, 56% of the cases of sexual abuse involved men or boys. Nearly 40% of victims were women or girls while sourcing did not allow for the remaining 5% percent to be identified by sex.

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