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Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 deceased priests accused of abuse

Posted at 4:39 PM, Apr 24, 2019

BALTIMORE — The Archdiocese of Baltimore has released the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse.

The Archdiocese said Wednesday the announcement marks a revision to a policy that prohibited the naming of priests who were dead when they were first accused. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has now publicly named and listed 126 clergy members accused of child sex abuse, with incidents dating back as far as 80 years.

In a statement, the Archdiocese said this is the "latest effort to build upon Archbishop Lori’s call for a renewed commitment to transparency in the Church’s response to the sexual abuse of minors." In January 2019, the Archbishop announced the implementation of a third-party system for reporting allegations of abuse and misconduct against bishops serving in the Archdiocese.

It began releasing the names more than 16 years ago after an investigation by The Boston Globe uncovered a widespread sex abuse scandal in the church.

The list doesn't represent all allegations brought to the Baltimore diocese, but spokesman Sean Caine says all allegations are reported to authorities.

You can find the complete list here.