Mis­souri dio­cese abuse in­quiry names 33 priests, brothers

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - INTERNATIONAL -

in the past, the pain caused is still a present re­al­ity for the sur­vivors of abuse and their loved ones,” Mcknight said in a state­ment. He apol­o­gised for the ac­tions of the priests and brothers, “and the in­com­plete trans­parency we have lived un­der by not mak­ing all their names pub­lic.”

Mcknight said an­other 18 al­le­ga­tions have been made since Au­gust, and in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into some of those claims are on­go­ing. He en­cour­aged any ad­di­tional vic­tims to come for­ward.

Mcknight said the dio­cese has spent $2.3 mil­lion on sur­vivors of abuse since July 2003 and $2.1 mil­lion on the care of “cred­i­bly ac­cused dioce­san priests”.

David Clo­hessy, St Louis di­rec­tor of the Sur­vivors Net­work of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called the list “ir­re­spon­si­bly and painfully short on de­tails”.

Mcknight “should re­veal where each of these men worked, when they were ac­cused, when those al­le­ga­tions were deemed cred­i­ble, why the years of se­crecy, and where the men are now”, Clo­hessy said in a state­ment.

Mcknight told re­porters that he was not “try­ing to hide some­thing” by de­clin­ing to say where the men had served. He said many of them had served in a va­ri­ety of places. He said it would be mis­lead­ing to re­port only where al­le­ga­tions were made and also said some vic­tims asked him not to re­veal that kind of in­for­ma­tion.

The in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­re­lated to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion an­nounced in Au­gust by Mis­souri At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Haw­ley, in which the Dio­cese of Kansas City-st Joseph, the Dio­cese of Jef­fer­son City, the Dio­cese of Spring­field-cape Gi­rardeau and the Arch­dio­cese of St Louis all agreed to open their records.

Haw­ley’s an­nounce­ment came amid re­newed con­cern about sex­ual abuse by priests that fol­lowed the re­lease of a scathing re­port in Penn­syl­va­nia cit­ing abuse of more than 1,000 chil­dren by hun­dreds of priests since the 1940s, along with cover-up by church lead­ers.

Mary Comp­ton, a spokes­woman for Haw­ley, said that in­ves­ti­ga­tion is “ac­tive and on­go­ing,” but of­fered no timetable for when it will be com­pleted.

“We are work­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble to care­fully and thor­oughly re­view all ev­i­dence ob­tained by our of­fice,” Comp­ton said in a state­ment. “The Penn­syl­va­nia Grand Jury com­pleted its work in two years. Our of­fice be­lieves Mis­souri­ans de­serve an­swers as soon as fea­si­ble.”

Jack Smith, spokesman for the Catholic Dio­cese of Kansas City-st Joseph, said the dio­cese also plans to re­lease a list of names but will wait un­til the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.

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