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.