Church officials in Texas released the names of nearly 300 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse in the state, one of the largest disclosures by the Roman Catholic Church and the latest revelation in an expanding number of investigations.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the current president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told The Epoch Times via email that the church, as a whole, needs to be more transparent.
“As you are aware, we are in the midst of a child sexual abuse crisis that is impacting the Church on the local, national and international levels,“ he said via email. ”The Church has been gravely wounded by the abuse crisis and we must begin the healing process by eliminating the evil of sexual abuse.”
The Galveston-Houston archdiocese named 42 individual priests in their disclosure. The diocese, serving 1.7 million Catholics in 10 counties, is the largest in Texas.
In the meantime, over half of the 187 Roman Catholic dioceses across the United States have started investigating clergy child sex abuse claims or have announced plans to do so.
The lists of priests were compiled separately by each diocese. Some of the dioceses worked with independent consultants such as the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese.
The nearly 900-page long document details how church administrators often dissuaded victims from reporting abuse to police, pressured law enforcement officials to terminate or avoid an investigation, or conducted their own deficient, biased investigations without reporting crimes against children to the proper authorities.