In 2002, the Boston Globe investigated and reported the widespread sexual abuse against children in the Catholic Church. As a result of the story, the Archdiocese of Baltimore published a list of all the priests who had served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and were accused of sexual abuse. Although they originally removed the list, they have now republished the list, with 14 additional names.
The original list posted included 57 names of accused priests with credible allegations against them. The new list includes 14 more priests who have been accused after the original list from 2002 was published and removed.
Cardinal William H. Keeler was originally behind the first posting of the list, and when it published in 2002, he called sexual abuse of children by priests, “the spiritual equivalent of murder.”
The current list has many members of the Catholic community speaking on the possible impact of this public information. President of BishopAccountability.org, Terry McKiernan, told the Baltimore Sun that he “personally [feels] that it's valuable that they are putting these names out there and taking some ownership.” In fact, several dioceses have come out and published names of accused priests after the success of the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, which recounted the Boston Globe investigation.
Although members on the list have previously been accused, this is the first list that puts them all in one place with information from the public disclosures.
You can find the names here: http://www.archbalt.org/about-us/child-youth-protection/resources/disclosure.cfm
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