“The release of names of clergy with a credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of a minor is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent to help bring healing to the victims and to help restore trust in the leadership of Catholic Church. Additionally, the disclosure of the names is part of our ongoing commitment to protect our children and to ensure safe environments for minors.
The list is the result of an extensive review of the Archdiocese’s records by an Archdiocesan review team and outside legal counsel to identify allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese dating back to 1940. The disclosure of this list of names is not an endpoint in our process – it is a beginning.
We express genuine sorrow and regret to the victims who put their trust in a member of the Church only to have that trust so profoundly betrayed.
We must protect our children, first, foremost, and always.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., February 13, 2019
our commitment to transparency
In our Archdiocese, we have worked diligently to create a safe environment in which to worship, learn, and gather in our parishes, schools and other pastoral settings. It is our commitment to build on the efforts of the past and continue to improve upon them. Towards that end, and in the spirit of transparency and accountability, we are releasing the names of Archdiocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
our commitment to protection
our commitment to healing
Nothing is more important than protecting children. For almost 20 years, we have worked toward this goal as it relates to child sexual abuse. However, we must do more. There is no place in any Church ministry for those who sexually abuse children.
We have fully implemented comprehensive Safe Environment programs through training, reporting, and awareness. These programs are regularly reviewed and verified by an external audit.