NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - In addition to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, three Louisiana dioceses will follow suit and release the names of those within the Catholic Church who’ve been credibly accused of child sex abuse.
As we first reported Friday, Archbishop Gregory Aymond says the Archdiocese of New Orleans will publish the names once a review of the list is complete. In his statement, Aymond said: “The clergy files are being examined very carefully. It is important to note that the review of the files will go back at least 50 years to ensure the list is accurate and complete. We will publish the list as soon as the work is finished. It will be sooner rather than later.”
We have also received statements from the dioceses of Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport.
Deacon Dan Borné with the Diocese of Baton Rouge said:
"The Diocese of Baton Rouge, which was formed in 1961, will release the names of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. This is of the highest priority to us. We’re working on a process to research our files so that when we do publish the list it will be accurate and complete. Part of this process is to establish a timeline for the release of the list. As Bishop Duca said recently, we want to be “attentive to the issues of justice and show concern for victims in a way that is transparent, credible, honest and caring.”
Lafayette Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel said:
“We certainly applaud Archbishop Aymond’s decision and fully support it. Our Diocese is currently embarking on the same process of examining 50 years of clergy files very closely and carefully to ensure the accuracy of any list of priests accused of abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult. Disclosure of that list is a good idea to foster healing and provide assurance that no one accused of abuse is currently serving in ministry. Because of the extent and complexity of the research, the process will take time and it’s impossible to predict precisely when that process will be completed.”
And the Shreveport Diocese said:
"Relative to the recent announcement by Archbishop Gregory Aymond of his intention to release the names of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Shreveport’s Administrator Rev. Peter Mangum has chosen to join the Archdiocese of New Orleans in this decision.
‘Yes, the Diocese of Shreveport will follow the lead of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and release names of those priests credibly accused,’ commented Fr. Mangum."