U.S. Jesuits release names of clergy accused of sexual abuse
DENVER (Reuters) – Two U.S. chapters of the Roman Catholic Church’s Jesuit order of clergyman on Friday launched an inventory of 153 names of its clerics who’ve confronted credible accusations of sexual misconduct spanning virtually part the rustic.
The disclosures come from Jesuits at the West Coast and within the central United States and determine offenders relationship again to the 1950s.
The Rev. Scott Santarosa, the top of the western Jesuit province apologized to the sufferers in a written observation accompanying the release.
“It is inconceivable that someone entrusted with the pastoral care of a child could be capable of something so harmful. Yet, tragically, this is a part of our Jesuit history, a legacy we cannot ignore,” Santarosa stated.
While some of the Jesuit offenders had been already identified, the disclosure is the newest revelation of clergy intercourse abuse that has roiled the Catholic Church since 2002, when the Boston Globe newspaper exposed a decades-long cover-up by way of the Church hierarchy of sexual misconduct.
Since then, equivalent stories have emerged in Europe, Australia and Chile, prompting proceedings, sending dioceses out of business and undercutting the ethical authority of the management of the Church, which has some 1.2 billion individuals around the globe.
The Jesuits, officially referred to as the Society of Jesus, is the biggest order of male clergy within the Catholic Church, consisting of some 16,000 clergymen, brothers and scholastics, or clergymen in coaching. There are 2,150 Jesuits within the United States.
Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks Catholic clergy abuse, stated in a observation that the disclosures marked a “significant development,” however nonetheless falls quick of complete duty.
“Detailed descriptions of the allegations should have been provided, especially for priests and brothers whose names are being made public for the first time,” he stated. “It is crucial to know how long an accused priest worked in a school or parish, and in what years.”
The central U.S. province stated it retained a consulting company comprised of former FBI brokers, and a “comprehensive” audit of its offenders can be launched subsequent 12 months.
The U.S. Catholic Church has paid out greater than $three billion to settle clergy abuse circumstances, McKiernan stated.
One of the biggest payouts by way of any Catholic order used to be the Jesuits, who paid out $166 million to sufferers, maximum of them Native Americans from far off Alaska Native villages or Indian reservations within the Pacific Northwest.
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Reporting by way of Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by way of Dan Whitcomb & Simon Cameron-Moore