Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-02-07 18:25:35 UTC
DALLAS Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and
others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one
of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive
grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.
Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly accused of abuse. The only
diocese not to provide names, Fort Worth, did so more than a decade ago
and then provided an updated accounting in October.
There are only a handful of states where every diocese has released names
and most of them have only one or two Catholic districts. Arkansas, for
instance, is covered by the Diocese of Little Rock, which in September
provided a preliminary list of 12 former priests, deacons and others.
Oklahoma has two districts: The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is scheduled
to publicly identify accused priests on Feb. 28 and the Diocese of Tulsa
previously named two former priests accused of predatory behavior.
The move by Texas church leaders follows a shocking Pennsylvania report in
August detailing seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300
predator priests. Furthermore, the Illinois attorney general reported last
month that at least 500 Catholic clergy in that state had sexually abused
In the months after that report, about 50 dioceses and religious provinces
have released the names of nearly 1,250 priests and others accused of
abuse. Approximately 60 percent of them have died. About 30 other dioceses
are investigating or have promised to release names of credibly accused
priests in the coming months.
In Texas, the Diocese of Dallas and some others relied on retired police
and federal investigators to review church files and other material to
substantiate claims of abuse. It's not clear whether any of the names
released Thursday could result in local prosecutors bringing criminal
charges. The majority of those identified have since died. Some
investigations dated back to 1950 while other reviews, as in the case of
the Diocese of Lubbock, only went to 1983 because that's when that diocese
"Our office stands ready to assist local law enforcement and any district
attorney's office that asks for our help in dismantling this form of evil
and removing the threat of those who threaten Texas children," said Marc
Rylander, spokesman for the Texas attorney general's office. "To date, we
have not received any such requests, but we are ready to provide
assistance to local prosecutors in accordance with state law and original
The head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Daniel N.
DiNardo, also is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and
is expected to attend a February summit called by Pope Francis to
sensitize church leaders around the globe to the pain of victims, instruct
them how to investigate cases and develop general protocols for church
hierarchy to use.
DiNardo said in a statement Thursday that, "The Bishops of Texas have
decided to release the names of these priests at this time because it is
right and just and to offer healing and hope to those who have suffered.
On behalf of all who have failed in this regard, I offer my sincerest
apology. Our church has been lacerated by this wound and we must take
action to heal it."
In a statement released with the report of the San Antonio archdiocese,
which had the longest list of names among Texas dioceses with 56 dating to
1940, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said the abuse allegations and the
mishandling of some by bishops "are tearing the church apart Although the
release of the report "brings tension and pain," the archbishop said he
was "filled with serenity and peace" by the disclosures.
Victim advocates and those who have been tracking clergy abuse for decades
have said the church has a bad record of policing itself and law
enforcement investigations into church records of allegations are the only
way to ensure real transparency. They argue that there is no uniform
definition of credibly accused priests and dioceses use different
standards when deciding what names to release.
For example, the San Antonio archdiocese examined decades of allegations
made against clergy and religious order priests dating back decades. The
Diocese of Laredo released no names after its bishop said staff had
examined its records back to 2000 when the diocese was created shortly
before new stricter standards for handling abuse allegations were
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