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Catholic Dioceses in Texas to ID Accused Priests

Posted/updated on: October 11, 2018 at 10:17 am
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DALLAS (AP) – The 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas early next year will release the names of clergy who have served in a parish since 1950 who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor. The move was announced in a statement Wednesday by Bishop Edward Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Texas bishops made the decision Sept. 30 to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of their effort “to protect children from sexual abuse” while promoting “healing and a restoration of trust” in the church. A spokeswoman for the Dallas Diocese was not immediately available to explain what will constitute a credible accusation against a current or former priest. Burns says the investigation constitutes a “major project” because it will include all 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas.


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