Archdiocese of NY release names of 120 priests, clergy accused of sexual abuse, related acts

NEW YORK — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York have released the names of 120 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors or related acts.

The list includes only archdiocesan clergy, consisting of bishops, priests, and deacons who were incardinated in the Archdiocese of New York and doesn’t include priests belonging to religious orders or institutes.

In a statement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked for forgiveness for the failings of those clergy and bishops who should have provided for the safety of young people, stressing none of the accused clergy are currently in ministry.

“After hearing from many victim-survivors, many of you, and many priests, I have decided to publish a comprehensive list of all archdiocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors or who were the subject of a claim made to the archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program that was determined to be eligible for compensation.”

“Along with those clergy’s names, the list also includes their dates of ordination and current status.  Please be assured there is not a single priest or deacon of the Archdiocese of New York against whom there has been a credible and substantiated claim of abuse against a minor currently in ministry,” he added.

The list comes two months after the Diocese of Brooklyn released a list of over 100 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the diocese’s 166-year-history.

The diocese said the 108 accused priests represent less than five percent of clergy who’ve served its churches. It said about two-thirds of the people on the list are dead.

Last year, a grand jury report said that documents from about six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania showed that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims dating back to 1947.

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