For more than two years, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been promising to release a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.
Well, it finally happened. The list was recently posted online and includes the names of more than 60 clergy members accused of misconduct against minors and young adults. In a list of frequently asked questions, the diocese says it was released “in the interest of further transparency, accountability and responding pastorally to victim survivors the Diocese of Fresno.”
“Some members of the family — priests, deacons and [others] in positions of trust and leadership — have behaved badly,” Bishop Joseph V. Brennan said in a statement posted on the Diocese of Fresno’s website. “That is putting it mildly. Let’s face it, acts of abuse upon the innocent and vulnerable are truly evil, plain and simple. The pain, suffering, betrayal and loss of innocence felt by many victims lasts a lifetime.”
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