CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Roman Catholic archdiocese has released the names of priests or deacons who it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since 1950.READ MORE: Clairton City School District Moves To Remote Learning On Friday After Threat
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says in a news release 11 of the 18 accused clergy are deceased. None of the others are in active ministry.
Also released is a list of 13 accused priests from other regions or dioceses who served in West Virginia but had no claims filed against them with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.READ MORE: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 13: Elijah Mitchell Looks To Take Advantage Of Seahawks' Defense
Archbishop William Lori says the diocese hopes the list’s release “will be one of many steps taken to restore trust.”
The list was released two months after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults.MORE NEWS: Renowned Chef Kevin Sousa Departs New Mount Oliver Restaurant
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