In the past few years the Catholic clergy abuse scandal has become more transparent. Even so, only half of the accused priests have been publicly named. Dioceses around the world have been releasing the names of abusive priests since August of this year, when 301 predatory priests in Pennsylvania were identified in a grand jury report. Now, for the first time ever, a Jesuit order has named their abusive priests in a long list. The list included priests and brothers who served in prominent Jesuit high schools and universities across throughout the country.
The names of the abusive priests were published on websites for the Jesuits’ U.S. Central and Southern Province and their West Province. They suggested that additional names could be added in the months ahead after an outside review of thousands of files. This was done in an effort to regain the trust of the faithful after so many shocking and seemingly endless revelations of predatory behavior by priests and others in the church.
Just before the list was released, “Bishop Accountability,” an organization that has been tracking pedophile priests since 2002, already had 178 names of credibly accused priests. The names released by the Jesuit order added 153 additional names to the list. It is believed that there are still thousands of predatory priests who have not yet been identified. By some estimates, as many 10 percent of all priests since the 1950s may have abused children.
Many victims believe that the release of names is not nearly enough. They want to also see the underlying records. They want to see the documents that show how the hierarchy of the church dealt with abuse reports, and they want them to acknowledge their role in protecting predatory priests. They also want to know if those who were involved in covering up the abuse are now in positions of power and authority.
The victims of childhood sexual abuse often suffer life-altering consequences. They deal with issues of low self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts, issues with intimacy, problems in maintaining relationships, trusting, and some even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, we understand how difficult it can be to come forward. We have a strong background handling cases like yours effectively and efficiently, and we will do so with great compassion for your experience. We will work hard to build the strongest case possible so that you can receive maximum financial compensation for the injustices you have suffered. Please call the Scranton clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099, or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation.
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