Cardinal Releases List Of Clergy ‘Credibly Accused’

NEW YORK – New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan released a list of former clergymen “credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors or who were the subject of a claim made to the archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program that was determined to be eligible for compensation.”

The New York Archdiocese includes Catholic churches in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
The list is available at .

“Please be assured that there is not a single priest or deacon of the Archdiocese of New York against whom there has been a credible and substantiated claim of abuse against a minor currently in ministry.”

The cardinal provided the information in a message to members of the archdiocese family.

“The archdiocese has taken numerous steps to strengthen and enhance its procedures to ensure that our children are protected and to comply with the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002,” Cardinal Dolan wrote.

He said the church “must continue to vigilant to make certain that the failings of the past are not repeated” and he pledged to do everything in his power “to ensure the safety of our young people, and to react with sympathy, understanding, and respect toward those who come forward with any allegation of abuse.”

He urged anyone with an allegation of abuse of a minor “to go immediately to the district attorney to report it.”

Attorney Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson and Associates stated, “The release of some names by Cardinal Timothy Dolan today, under pressure, is some progress and a step in the right direction, but clearly falls short of the necessary transparency. The release of only 120 names is a simple peek behind the clerical curtain that Dolan hides and hides offenders.

“We are very skeptical that only 120 names are being released in an Archdiocese of this size. Our history and knowledge of the practices in the Archdiocese of New York lead us to believe the number of names is twice to three times the size of the list of names released today. We consider this progress, but also an urgent reminder of how much work still needs to be done and how much more pressure has to be applied on the Archdiocese of New York to come clean and be fully transparent, not partially transparent”

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