Charleston Diocese To Release Names

Of priests who abused children

Patrick Gentry
December 10, 2018 - 10:56 am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston is planning to release the names of South Carolina priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors dating back to 1950.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the names will be released by mid-February. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone told the newspaper in a statement that officials are ``committed to transparency.''

The Diocese of Charleston and many others throughout the U.S. have long refused to release a list of priests and other employees they knew to have sexually abused minors.

Diocese officials say they will release names following a review of personnel files. In 2007, the diocese agreed to pay up to $12 million to nearly 150 victims sexually abused by priests and diocese employees.

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