900+ Clergy Accused of Sexually Abusing Children Not Included in Dioceses’ Public List

According to a new report from AP, over 900 clergy accused of sexually abusing are not included in the Dioceses’ public list.

“No one should think, ‘Oh, the bishops are releasing their lists, there’s nothing left to do,’” warns Terence McKierna of BishopAccountability.org.

Per AP, more than a hundred of the former clergy members not listed by dioceses or religious orders had been charged with sexual crimes, including rape, solicitation and receiving or viewing child pornography.

On top of that, the AP found another nearly 400 priests and clergy members who were accused of abuse while serving in dioceses that have not yet released any names.

In response to the bombshell, Church officials told AP that without an admission of guilt, “they have to weigh releasing a name against harming the reputation of priests who may have been falsely accused.”

In other words, it appears clergy who have been accused but have not admitted guilty may not be included at all in the public list.

Axios reported on the stunning scale of the scandal.

  • Argentina: Pope Francis’ home country is beginning to see an eruption of the scandal, with some cases even implicating failures by the pontiff himself.
  • Australia: A four-year national investigation found 4,444 people were abused at more than 1,000 Catholic institutions between 1980 and 2015. 7% of Catholic priests in Australia in 1950-2010 were accused of sexually abusing children.
  • Chile: Chilean criminal prosecutors have staged a series of raids on the church’s secret archives to seize documents. They have opened more than 100 investigations into abusive priests.
  • Germany: The German Catholic Church concluded at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. More than half the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys. Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved. 969 abuse victims were altar boys.
  • Ireland: Tens of thousands of children suffered wide-ranging abuses in church-run workhouse-style institutions.
  • U.S.: About 70 dioceses and religious orders have released lists of accused priests, according to BishopAccountability.org. Pennsylvania alone found 300 priests sexually abused at least 1,000 children since the 1940s. Prosecutors in more than a dozen states have opened similar investigations.